Hosting My First Thanksgiving

Over the last year or so, I’d say there have been quite a few things that have made me feel like I might be becoming a real-life grown up. I got married. My husband and I bought our first house. And now, this year, we are hosting our very first Thanksgiving.

On Thursday, we’ll be joined by my parents, my sister and her husband, my in-laws, my sister-in-law, and my aunt, uncle and two college-aged cousins.

I’m pretty sure this is the most people I’ve had in my home for dinner ever – let alone for the most highly anticipated meal of the entire year.

Needless to say – I’m psyched. I love being able to bring our families together, I love getting the chance to host and I love getting to COOK!

Now that said, I am by no means doing all of the cooking.

We will have a smorgasbord of dishes that bring together each of our family’s traditions — my MIL’s stuffing, my mom’s applesauce bread, my aunt’s sweet potato pie. Green Beans and Swiss Cheese for my husband, Green Bean Casserole for my BIL. Pumpkin, pecan, pudding, and peanut butter pies (and apple of course). A Family Fun Run in the morning (Voelker family tradition) and “Chips & Dips” and Turkey & Butter sandwiches in the evening (Killian family tradition – and I swear, try a turkey & butter sandwich on plain white bread this year – you will NOT be disappointed!)

I WILL however, be tackling the turkey. We have a monster bird in our fridge as we speak and frankly, I’m not totally sure what to do with it. Do I Brine? Baste? Fry? From what I’ve read, I think I’m going to smear the whole bird in butter, cross my fingers and hope it doesn’t turn out like the one on “Christmas Vacation.”  And, well, if it does – I guess we’ll have a good story for the years to come.

We have a lot to be thankful for this year and I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families! Wish me luck!

Is this your first year hosting Thanksgiving? Any tips?

Thanks to Sugar Daze for this awesome photo.

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2 Responses to “Hosting My First Thanksgiving”

  1. Melissa Parlaman November 24, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    Good luck, kelly! You are brave. My husband is cooking for 4 adults & 4 kids so definitely not as many people as you are having. Hope you have a cute apron to wear :)

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