I was happy with how the tables turned out. I set them on Sunday before Thanksgiving and added some yellow roses in Mason jars. I originally wanted white flowers but the yellow gave the tables some color(and that's what Costco had!).
I pulled out all of my crystal salt and pepper shakers so that each table could have their own. Who knew I had four of them?
We were thinking of doing place cards so I mocked one up by punching a tag out of card stock and adding a sticker. I used my label maker for the name and tied the tag to a pine cone.
This is how the basement looked, you can see we still have plenty of room for tv watching on the sectional. We had a table set up at the foot of the stairs with the salad and gravy and another table with a basket of rolls on it.
I doubled the recipe and froze one to have later.
Right before the bulk of the guests arrived we got a few photos (as you can see the Eagles-Cowboys game was on). Of course we were missing one VIP but we'll be seeing her in less than 3 weeks!
Some of the appetizer spread: pumpkin bread, a pepperoni and cheese tray, cream cheese and pepper jelly, rosemary spiced almonds, wings and spinach dip (the broccoli and sausage wontons hadn't arrived yet).
The dining room was set up buffet style. We had mashed potatoes, two kinds of stuffing, corn in a crock pot(easy!), broccoli rabe with mushrooms, green beans with caramelized onions, lentil loaf, Chinese noodles with pork and noodles with tofu, mac & cheese and of course, turkey! (Like I said, the salad, gravy and bread were in the basement so you could grab them on your way to the table). Everyone contributed a few things to the meal which was great!
Here's my plate of vegetarian deliciousness!
It was so nice that we were all able to sit together. It was a little tight but we're usually jammed together at a holiday meal anyway. After dinner, we gave everyone foil containers so that they could all have some leftovers to take home with them (the best part!).
For dessert I was planning on using the buffet in the dining room but we had too many desserts so we quickly moved them over to the table. We had gluten free Shirley Temple cupcakes, cannoli dip, chocolate Kahlua cake, pumpkin pie, apple pie (still warming in the oven), fruit and pumpkin cheesecake. Who had room for dessert though? #wedid
Miracle of miracles, we even got a photo of us all together (thanks to my tripod and camera remote)..all 32 of us!
I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful too!
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