Thanksgiving is growing on me. As a kid, Thanksgiving didn’t excite me, despite the break from school, because it was too close to my birthday, causing scheduling difficulties, and my family ate our normal Chinese meals except for the addition of a dry, home-cooked turkey smothered in gravy. I’ve only recently discovered the excitement of traditional Thanksgiving dishes, so I was excited to host a Friendsgiving potluck.
We had a fantastic spread of food, including: turkey, green bean casserole, baked mac and cheese, pork belly buns, cranberry sauce, two kinds of stuffing, spicy Brussels sprouts, bacon-wrapped apples, mashed potatoes, yams with marshmallows, pecan pie, blueberry pie, pumpkin pies, cheddar apple pie pockets, and sticky toffee pudding. We all may or may not have had more than one plate. Instead of pondering that, let me distract you with photos of the delicious food.
The wonderful thing about growing up is you gain greater understanding about what matters in life. While it’s fun to create a pretty table, what matters even more is spending time with friends, sharing quality food, slowing down for an afternoon and giving thanks for all of it.
Theme: Friendsgiving Potluck / Fall
Date: November 2014
Food: mostly traditional Thanksgiving dishes
Theme colors: fall colors, copper and gold
Special decor/features: gold-rimmed plates, gold utensils, gold spray-painted candle holders, brown/orange chrysanthemums in short glasses, plastic leaves and craft paper name cards, thankful banner and wreath
What’s your favorite way to celebrate Thanksgiving?