Cooking your first Thanksgiving meal for family and friends can definitely be daunting but with patience and planning it can certainly be done! After years of watching my mother run around like a chicken with her head cut off, I was determined to find a simpler way and enjoy time with my loved ones. How I plan to accomplish this undertaking is by keeping it simple and doing as much as I possibly can beforehand. Below is glimpse of what I would like my first Thanksgiving in our new home to look like! I’ve included links to all of the recipes so feel free to try them out yourself this Holiday season! Here goes nothing…
-Herb and Citrus Butter Roasted Turkey
-Slow cooker mashed potatoes
-Green Bean Casserole with Fried Shallots
-Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce
-Classic Pumpkin Roll
::Signature Cocktail:: (Because the Pilgrims would be disappointed if we didn’t)
After all that cooking it’s only fair that you deserve a cocktail! Below is a super easy drink recipe that you can make ahead of time and have your guests self serve since you’ll presumably be tied up in the kitchen.
3 cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnish)
2 honeycrisp apples, chopped
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 (750 ml) bottle red wine (I suggest a light-bodied Spanish variety)
1 and 3/4 cups homemade apple cider or store-bought
1 1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup orange juice (or juice from 2 medium oranges)
Juice from 1 lemon
Club soda, to taste
Place the cinnamon sticks, apples, and orange slices in a large pitcher. Add wine, apple cider, brandy, orange juice, and lemon juice. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for 6 - 24 hours. Taste; if you'd like it to be sweeter, add 1-2 Tablespoons granulated sugar, honey, or agave.
If you'd like a cinnamon sugar rim (highly recommended), simply moisten the rim of your glasses with water, turn the glass upside down and dip it into a mix of cinnamon and sugar. Pour in the sangria with fruit2 and add a splash of club soda (this unsweetened fizz is wonderful with the sangria!). Garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired. Cheers!
Make ahead tip: Sangria is the perfect make-ahead cocktail since it must sit for at least 6 hours. You can also make it one day in advance.
Making your table look gorgeous after buying a house can be difficult…after all, you did just make one of the biggest purchases of your life! Don’t go out and spend a fortune, instead try to use what you have at home and make the best of it! Luckily, we received a lot of great things I was able to use from my bridal shower to lessen the expense.
I went ahead and listed all of the items used in my table setting for you below. And just a side note…don’t think I didn’t have to Google exactly where to place the silverware as a refresher from Home Ec, because I definitely did.) In any case, we’re first-timers so I think it’s acceptable.
Woven Charger Placemats- IKEA
Maison Versailles Plates- Macy’s
Linen Napkins and Napkin Rings- Christmas Tree Shops
Lenox Esquire Silverware- Macy’s
Candle and decorative votive- Christmas Tree Shops
Expandable table and chairs- IKEA
Riedel Wine Glasses- Macy’s
There you have it! A preview of a first-time homebuyers first Thanksgiving! Good luck to all of the pro’s and first-timers alike. Keep in mind what this holiday is all about, thankfulness not perfection!
Green Bean Casserole
Herb and Citrus Butter Roasted Turkey
Slow cooker mashed potatoes