Nick and I love Thanksgiving, it’s one of our favorite holidays, and preparations have been underway at our house for the past week. We are especially excited and looking forward to this Thanksgiving holiday because we’ll be celebrating with family – for the very first time since we moved to D.C. more than a decade ago! Nick’s parents made their way to D.C. earlier this week to share the holiday with us, and we can’t wait to spend time with them and enjoy a holiday meal together.
One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is gathering recipes and crafting a special menu for the day. As with most years, many of our our traditional favorites are on the menu, but I always like to add a few new dishes. Here is our 2012 Thanksgiving holiday menu:
I’m a firm believer that no holiday menu is complete without a signature cocktail! While we’ll be serving sparkling water and wine with our meal, we’ll toast to the holiday with a seasonal Bourbon Ginger Apple Cider cocktail while preparing the turkey and enjoying appetizers!
*My advice is to always test your cocktail recipe beforehand….just ask Nick about last year’s maple-pumpkin martinis, I think hearing the name could still make him gag.
- Turkey, of course!
- Curried pumpkin soup (prepared and frozen this past weekend)
- Broccoli Salad – a family recipe, but similar to this one
- Buttered rosemary rolls
- Mashed potatoes and gravy
- Stuffing – sorry, it’s a super top-secret family recipe that we’ve been honing for years 😉 We can’t wait for Nick’s parents to try out his version!
- Cranberries – thanks Ocean Spray 🙂
- Yams – sliced and prepared with this brown sugar butter base
- Pumpkin pie, I don’t bake and have no shame in saying I follow the recipe on the Libby’s pumpkin puree label. Served with a dollop of cinnamon whipped topping!
I also spent some time crafting the table decor and creating name cards, which is my second favorite thing about preparing for Thanksgiving. I gilded some mini pumpkins to match our gold rimmed china and hand-dipped some small pine cones in white paint and then gold-tipped the edges for simple name card holders.
Just a few more preparations and we’ll be all set to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with our family!