Each napkin had a place card attached, so everyone knew where to sit. I strategically placed everyone. Not because i wanted to over organize, but because i can only fit so many people around my table and since 12 people were coming for dinner (not including the children) i wanted to make sure everyone would be comfortable.
The turkey was amazing. A few weeks before Thanksgiving, my mom, my sister and I were watching the food network simultaneously when we saw the show "Cooking for Real" with Sunny Anderson. She made "Daddy's game changing Turkey" which was a turkey that had been brined a few days before roasting. The turkey looked so juicy that i had to try it. So we did and it was the best turkey that i have ever roasted. Don't get me wrong we have had turkey every way imaginable and those were wonderful in their own way. We've had deep fried turkey..mmmm a southern favorite. We have had turducken...yum. If you have never had turducken you have to try it. It is delicious. But since mom, sis and I are back on the wagon and attending weight watchers we thought that perhaps we could do without the fattier duck and boudain ( a tear is falling down my cheek). But when we saw that turkey that Sunny made we knew we had to try it and all of my family are indeed fans of brined turkey now. Here is a link to the recipe.
Daddies game changing turkey
and here is my turkey.
One of the things that has always happened to me is that i would buy all of these things for a perfect dinner but forget to cook them or remember at the last minute that i never baked the rolls. So that wouldn't happen this year, the night before Thanksgiving my mom and I sat down and made a list of all the things that we needed to have done for the dinner and i made a timeline so that the oven time was organized and that everything went in that needed to be cooked and we didn't forget anything.
Lastly, I think the most fun i had was decorating the kids table. After years of watching Martha Stewart shows, I knew that when I decided that i would host Thanksgiving I would have to have a kids table. So months ago, i scoured over Craigslist to find a small table that i could decorate for the youngins. I found it. I found one that had been painted with a leopard pattern. Unfortunately i didn't take before pics of it but i did decide to paint it green.
Ta Da, here is the adorable final product. It makes me smile.
Each place setting had a turkey coloring book w/ a bundle of crayons. The idea came from Martha herself after watching her Thanksgiving special. I got the turkey pattern from her website. childrens table
My sister and i also made turkey hand puppets. See the napkins around the plastic utensils. What you don't see are the yellow sippy cups i bought for a dollar each at my grocery store. With a brown sharpie i wrote each childs name on it so they wouldn't get them confused
Everything turned out fantastic and i hope my guests had as much fun as I had planning it.
I think they did.