Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tablescape - Turkey plays leading role in dinner theater production

Ah, the poor turkey - one against so many!  Actually it was two turkeys today.  Small turkey's are tastier and we had thirteen for dinner so two smaller birds were salt-brined overnight in order to give us roasted perfection for the hungry crowd today.  I spent all morning preparing the turkeys, cornbread dressing, green beans and giblet gravy.  My other daughters spent the morning cooking all the side dishes at their respective homes.

Our family gathered at 2 p.m. in my daughter, Krista's new home which is much roomier than mine.  I had originally planned on hosting dinner today, but as the numbers grew, we made the decision to use her home.  My tablescape was featured in an earlier blog post here.  

Krista's mother-in-law is downsizing and recently gave her all of her Lenox "Eternal" china, some very pretty stemware (I don't recall the pattern - I think Cambridge?) and her sterling silver flatware.  It made a beautiful table, don't you think?

My daughter, Laura came in with her family.  Jake and Chloe greeted each other like two long-lost first cousins - they just saw each other a week ago.  My sweet grandchildren!

Below, exchange student, Sarah Czerny from Germany, was excited about her first turkey dinner.
Below, Sarah and Chloe are just a year apart in age.  It's been a blessing to have Sarah part of our family this year.

Nadir Sims-Mendes is also their exchange student from Spain.  She and my granddaughter Genevieve have the same quirky sense of humor and get along famously. Nadir was very shy when she came over in August, but my daughter's boisterous family has brought her out a lot.
Even the family dog, Winnie, wants to get in on the action.
We served buffet style.
The younger ones had their own table.
The desserts were heavenly!  Homemade chocolate cheesecake, sweet potato pie, and a decadent chocolate cake made by Sarah and Chloe.

Now it's time to pack up the flatware and go home.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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  1. Oh my Dear Glenda,
    Wow, what a Gorgeous Table you have set♡♡♡
    And All of your angels (grandkids) look SO wonderful. How nice for exchange students could experience the enjoyable occasion as well♬♬♬
    Thank you very much for introducing them to us.

    Blesssing and Happy Thanksgiving to all of your family, xoxo Orchid*

  2. How lucky to be given that china! The table turned out beautiful and how nice to share our American holiday with the exchange students.

    Robin Flies South

  3. It looks and sounds like everyone had a blessing of a time. Everything was beautiful and looked so yummy! I bet the memory of it all will stay with your exchange students for years to come.

    God bless you richly with the rest of your weekend.

  4. WOW! Glenda the table looks wonderful. And the food well, it made me want dinner all over again. lol But I better not or I will bust. That is great that you can have your exchange students there. Well, Christmas is next, what a wonderful thought :) Take care, Janet W

  5. Hi Glenda. How lovely for us to be able to share your day with you through those photos. I agree with the others, the table looks absolutely wonderful. Such a good idea to serve everything buffet style. Makes life a bit easier. I think I might do that on Christmas Day this year. All that food looks very yummy, especially the desserts. So glad you had a lovely day all together like that.

  6. Beautiful table but for the exchange students beautiful memories. Glad you all had a great time.

  7. What a pretty table you've set -- this looks like a delightful Thanksgiving the exchange students will always remember.


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