Hosting (Thanksgiving) Dinner for the First Time


It’s official, people! We’re in the final stretch! Thanksgiving is exactly one week away and I can’t wait! Don’t get me wrong, I always look forward to Thanksgiving Day, but this year I am especially excited. Why? Because Ryan and I are hosting for the first time!

We like to take turns celebrating the holidays with each of our families, so this year we’re spending Thanksgiving with mine and Christmas with Ryan’s. And, to give my mom a break, we’re having Thanksgiving dinner at our house instead of hers. No pressure, right?

Only, this won’t just be the first Thanksgiving we’ve ever hosted. It will be the first dinner we’ve ever hosted.

For anyone.


Cue pressure. (And excitement!) The gathering will only consist of my immediate family, thankfully, so it will be small and intimate. Also, to make life easier, my mom and my sister-in-law are both contributing a couple of dishes for the feast. In fact, the other day we all got on Facebook Messenger and hashed out a menu, deciding who would make what. How great is that?!

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Ryan and I are responsible for the turkey, green beans, and macaroni and cheese. We’ll also provide a couple of appetizers for people to munch on when they arrive, along with this delicious Cranberry Orange Sangria from Gimme Some Oven! Above all, our goal is to make it a fun time for everyone involved. We want to watch football and play board games, and not have anyone trapped in the kitchen, cooking or cleaning. I’m even telling everyone to bring their own Tupperware containers for leftovers!

The point is, we could allow the stress of hosting our first dinner party to weigh us down and induce panic, but that’s not what Thanksgiving is about. It’s about being grateful that we have a family. That we have food and a roof over our heads. We are so blessed and we want to spend next Thursday recognizing that and sharing that with the people we love.

So even if the turkey’s dry and the table settings aren’t magazine-worthy, I’m going to be thankful for the time spent with family and glad that we hosted our first Thanksgiving dinner.

I really hope the turkey isn’t dry, though! 🙂


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