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23 November 2015 @ 11:20 am
American Thanksgiving  

We have successfully had American Thanksgiving here, with more than 30 people descending to eat vast amounts of food. This is at least our 6th Big Thanksgiving, and this year we got everything on the table at the same time and with an absolute minimum of difficulties. We’ve become a well-oiled machine! Dad commented on how impressed he was that Ted and I were both in the kitchen without killing each other, but the size of the kitchen in this house helped that a lot (not that we’ve ever killed each other during Thanksgiving, but it was less stressy in a kitchen this big). We did notice that our stress levels shot up when there were even just two more people in the kitchen doing things (getting coffee, etc), but once the coffee was sorted I ruthlessly threw people out of the kitchen so we could work, and it went very well. And once the food was out and all, it was fine for people to be hanging around in there to talk, which they did.

The kitchen ended up impressively clean at the end of the evening, which is good because we did nothing in it at all on Sunday until our houseguest, in a fit of kindness, loaded the dishwasher at the end of the day. Ted and I were shattered. :)

Someday I’ll learn to throw smaller dinner parties, though, so I actually get to talk to people more than hugging them hello and goodbye. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

mevennenmevennen on November 23rd, 2015 11:53 am (UTC)
Sounds great! I love reading about Thanksgiving even though we don't do it. Purely vicarious.
kitmizkit on November 23rd, 2015 12:50 pm (UTC)
Maybe sometime we can get you over here for ours! :)
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on November 23rd, 2015 01:24 pm (UTC)
I don't get to do Thanksgiving anymore (family too far away now) but I do throw a formal Yule dinner for my circle, and our various friends and family. We range from about 10-16, always a stretch in my small house, but it is pot-luck, which helps.

It is my favorite night of the year, but there are always people I never end up talking to...

-peartreealley on November 24th, 2015 12:34 am (UTC)
I scandalized the British Boyfriend last year when I made candied yams with marshmallows on top to take to our Thanksgiving celebration. (Then I showed him green bean casserole just to complete his traumatization.)

But we went to a Turkey Trot yesterday, and it only took him a few seconds to realize that those things on people's headbands were supposed to be turkey legs XD I think he's starting to adjust.

He says if we move to the UK (looking very possible), I should host an American Thanksgiving. But heck, I've never hosted one in the US! :P