It’s time to start prepping the Q for our annual Thanksgiving dinner.
Since DH and I have been together I’ve always hosted a big dinner – with or without DH – and it’s usually the first in a series of seasonal get togethers that we throw. Next will be our christmas party, followed by endless dinner/board game nights throughout the long, cold and dark winter (Last year, we had snow on the ground for 6 months… It was long).
We like to be surrounded by those who compose our army family; we invite friends, extended family, “shack rats” and anyone in between. Our home is open to those near and dear to us for an evening of quality dinning, a good stiff drink, and an after-dinner game. Shenanigans go on well into the night, and we all finish the evening with a mutual sense of gratitude and love. I love it, it’s the reason I go through the effort to host them.
Our first thanksgiving was a doozy as DH had left for Wainwright 48 hrs before, and left me with two turkeys, a house to clean, and 10 guests coming for a potluck. We had an uproarious time, were only able to dent the massive pile of food we had, and everyone spent the evening on the living room floor. I treated them all to homemade cinnamon buns the next morning. I think it’s safe to say that the evening has gone down in Gagetown history.
Last year we had a slightly more put-together event, and I wrote a big fancy blog post about it which you can read here.
This year, in attempt to gender balance our table, and the evening, we’ve got more couples coming which should make for another great evening! As I gently reminded some of our single male friends, “the quality of the dish you guys bring usually increases when you bring a date.” They sigh, acknowledge this, and vow to make more of an effort next year.
This sunday dinner is also the last event we’ll be hosting in this PMQ as we move at the end of the month over halloween weekend! On monday while we clean up, art will be coming down, and non-essential items will be packed away to facilitate PMQ inspection and preparation for the move. I’ll be living in a plain PMQ 🙁 super sad faces all around. Fear not! I’m already hard at work on plans for our next abode.
Our dinning room table is a large wood table with a dark stain and high gloss finish, so it goes very nicely with the colours of the season. I’ll be using the chargers from christmas, which are gold, instead of a table cloth, but I may throw-in a runner just for the sake of it.
I’ll be using a gold, red, and mercury glass colours for the pallet. Our napkins are red, the chargers are gold, and I have three gorgeous mercery glass pumpkins (One with a gold tint, and two are silver).
I’ll be accenting the dark wood with the metallics and our white china and serving sets. I’m even considering some candles on our chandelier! All to be seen.
While I finish assembling my decor and finessing the potluck menu, I’m sharing my inspiration board for the dinner and a peak at the cutlery arrangement. To see more of my inspiration for the event come see me on Pinterest!
How do you spend your thanksgiving in the army family?
p.s if you’re still stuck, try this handy info graphic