Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays—the food, the people…the food—I love it. So, it only makes sense now that Trevor and I have our own home that we host the big feast. I’ll admit it was much easier to say “I’ll host Thanksgiving!” than it was to actually execute, but I loved doing it regardless. Anyway, now that I’m officially a holiday hostess, I want to share what I learned so hopefully the next person who embarks on this journey can start out a few steps ahead.
Know how much food to make
So, I was at Target buying groceries for the big meal when I came to a giant cooler full of turkeys. I thought, of, perfect, I’ll buy the turkey for Thanksgiving. It was then that it dawned on me that I had no idea how to determine what size turkey to get. I called my dad and after he got done laughing at me, he told me to estimate about 4 to 6 ounces per person and take that times the number of people eating and then divide that number by 16 (the number of ounces in a pound). Boom! Problem solved. Thanks dad!
This was crucial. I didn’t realize how important it was to have some help until Thursday morning and everything was getting underway. My sister and her husband came into Lincoln Wednesday evening, so thank goodness she was there, and my dad came a few hours before the meal to help out as well. It was pretty clear to me that without them I probably would have been in over my head.
You can’t please everyone
Most of you are probably aware of my plant based diet aspirations, so Thanksgiving is kind of tough food-wise. I knew there was absolutely no way I could get away with not making a turkey, so I had to make some adjustments. Without telling anyone (because people in my family get a little confused when they hear the word “vegan”) I made the potatoes and corn dairy free with plant based butter, and guess what? No one knew the difference! So although there was tons of meat and other goodies loaded with dairy, I steered clear of the meat, but definitely ate some cheese from the charcuterie boards I made up.
When I get overwhelmed, I tend to let that feeling take over and forget to relax and have fun in the moment. I really didn’t want to let this happen, especially because it was Thanksgiving and I was with family I don’t usually get to see. Miraculously, I feel like I really was able to relinquish some control to my dad and sister, my helpers, and still enjoy hosting and eating all the food.
Has anyone else ever hosted Thanksgiving? Did you have fun or find it more overwhelming than anything?