This was my first year hosting Thanksgiving, and I really enjoyed it. It was thoroughly exhausting but worth every bit of time and effort. It was actually a team effort with different ones bringing different items, and the collaborative effort of friends produced an amazing Thanksgiving meal. My friend Emily took on the turkey, and I was so grateful. I’m not sure if I was ready to host and do my first turkey all in one year. She did a great job with the turkey and also chicken. We had a feast of sides – green been casserole, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, salad, and rolls. There were probably a few other things I am forgetting, but my plate was full. It was all so delicious.
We set things up outside on our new farm table that our friends Fred and Jules so kindly gifted to us, and the weather was perfect. I was so grateful for the weather because it had been really hot earlier in the week. We filled our plates and got to eat. My friend sent this meme earlier that day, and it was almost true for Eleanor. She did eat ham, though, and she gave the mashed potatoes a try. Kids don’t know what they’re missing!
After many rounds of the main meal, we dug into allllll the pies. My friend Jess started serving them up, and when everyone was wanting a small sliver of each, she began calling it a “triple decker.” I’m pretty sure most people got a triple decker – pumpkin, cherry and pecan pies. So yum!
We all cleaned up, and the three girls took a bath together. It was so cute and energetic. Eleanor was very tired at that point, and after about 10 minutes of group bath time, she gave me a look of “please take me to bed!”
We finished with some chats and relaxing in our living room while the final two energetic girls (I’m looking at you Lil and Essie) wore themselves out. I am so thankful for all my friends here in Australia who can celebrate together a holiday that many of us are so familiar with. Out of the 11 adults, 8 are from the US, and it was so fun seeing each person’s own recipes and traditions brought together at one table. It makes it just a little easier being halfway around the world from all our own families.
I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving as well!