Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thanksgiving - Planning

We are hosting Thanksgiving again this year. My sister said, "You're the cook, makes sense". It went really well last year, I am looking forward to it again this year. Of course I need to start planning now though of course. 

Cooking will of course start earlier in the week of course and I like to plan things out pretty precisely. I am going off of last years plan and making some adjustments. Here is a snap shot of what last years plan looked like. 

Green Bean Bundles
Apple and Turnip Dish - Cathy
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Stuffed Baby Portabella Mushrooms
Parmesan Crusted Goat Cheese with Basil Oil
Balsamic Glazed Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta
Cranberry Pear Sauce
Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

I liked all of last years recipes, along with this we had turkey, stuffing and gravy of course as well as pies. The Cranberry Cream Cheese dip was by far the biggest hit, and I made it for our annual holiday party as well. 

I have started looking at recipes, our guest lists is close (still waiting to hear if the boys parents are joining us) to being complete, the linens are ready and pressed and of course we know the date. 

I still need to finalize the timeline, inventory what we already have, create the shopping list, order the turkey, play with different tablesettings and print the placecards. Deciding what to wear is key too, don't need to be running around looking for something that morning. 

I use Evernote to store the plan, which works pretty well since I have it with me the majority of the time. I also have a Pinterest board created to help come up with some recipe ideas.  

More to do of course. . . what is on your menu?

1 comment:

Jacky Hackett said...

You are way ahead of the game! That cranberry dip sounds good, may try that for a Halloween party we are going to.