We host our big family Thanksgiving celebration the Saturday before Thanksgiving. We started this many years ago as cousins and siblings were getting married and would have to split the holidays. My husband and I decided that the actual day was not as important as having the family together. We usually have a full house. Some years more and some years less, this year we had 20.
Each year it’s always interesting how the tables are going to be arranged. This is the DH’s job and he takes it very seriously – this year was relatively short as it only took about 2 1/2 hours to decide how to arrange them.
This year he decided to have two tables instead of one long one. We have had many iterations including the year we had 37 people come and he placed the tables in a huge rectangle with an open center where he put a little round table for all the kids. The kids had a fantastic time because the were allowed to crawl under the “adult” tables to get to their table. Now most of the kids are older, the youngest being 5 years old.
Sand Candles made by my kids.
Each table had a few sand candles that the kids had made.
More Sand Candles.
As soon as the evening was over, and we saw how far the candles had burned down, they all said they wanted to make more. This will be a good summer time activity!
I managed to get the appetizers out before the first guests arrived. This may sound like a no brainer, but sometimes I don’t actually get them out in time.
Shrimp wrapped with snow peas.
This is a favorite for my kids. They were disappearing almost as fast as I could make them before I kicked them out of the kitchen!
This is another favorite. Unfortunately my chickens have stopped laying eggs so about half of these are store bought. The chickens are molting and it is getting colder so egg production is non-existent right now.
You might notice that this is a strange platter to be using for vegetables. Indeed it is!! I dropped my segmented vege platter which broke into a zillion little pieces and had to improvise. I introduce my new vege platter which doubles as the baking dish for scones.
Spicy artichoke and spinach dip with crackers.
This was a new dip I was trying out. It was ok, not great. Back to the drawing board for this one.
I have no pictures of the actual dinner or dinner food. Once everyone arrived everything was super busy. It was really a nice time eating, chatting and just hanging out with family. These are the best times and times I am truly thankful for.