A Day in the Life of a Thanksgiving Host

Last weekend we hosted Thanksgiving dinner for M’s family.  I thought it would be fun to post a photo play-by-play of the day so here it goes!

7:30am – put the turkey in the sink to finish defrosting

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8:30 – start ripping up bread for the stuffing (the girls had fun getting involved with this one!)

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9:00 – start prepping the veggies

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We had lemon garlic green beans (lemon juice, minced garlic, olive oil)…

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Brown sugar yams (brown sugar and olive oil)…

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and honey balsamic carrots (honey, balsamic vinegar and olive oil).

We also did cream cheese mashed potatoes but didn’t get those going until later.

10:00 – throw some laundry into the mix

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10:30 – deal with our first time out of the day as a result of hitting L with toys

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10:45 – add the onions and seasoning to the stuffing

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11:00 – stuff the bird

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11:40 – put the turkey in the oven (only 10 minutes behind!)

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12:00 – have some lunch

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12:30 – 2:00 – take advantage of downtime!

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L coloured while E napped

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2:00 – 3:00 – get everyone ready and stage a photo shoot!

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3:00 – set the table (with flowers from M and a super-cute turkey napkin holder L made)

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4:00 – guests arrive

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4:30 – take the turkey out…

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and put the veggies in.

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5:00 – have a well-deserved drink 🙂

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5:30 – set all the food out (buffet-styles)

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5:40 – eat!

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6:20 – do some clean-up while dessert was heating up

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6:40 – eat pie!

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Whew!  And that was our Thanksgiving Monday.  It was a huge success and with everyone out by 7:15, M and I still had plenty of time to relax on the couch after the girls went to bed!

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