Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

Thanksgiving 2010

Written by Patti on November 30th, 2010

Good Morning Darlings!

We are finally recovered from Thanksgiving (I think). It was a wonderful time with fabulous friends and I bet you want to hear all about it. Lets do it!

Just between you and me, I had no intention of hosting Thanksgiving Dinner, but when bestie Diane said she was coming home, I knew that called for something special. We bought the turkey, planned a few dishes, invited a few friends, bought a case of bubbly. Then our incredible friends from Black Tie Barbecue told me they were holding a smoked turkey with my name on it, I decided to go ahead and roast the turkey we had at home and freeze the meat for the Christmas party nibble ingredients.

Do you remember the photo of those smoking turkeys? Unbelievable.

There were seven of us at dinner and then some other friends stopped by for dessert. Diane’s beau, Jonathan, really outdid himself and spoiled us by showing up with luscious goodies like homemade Parkerhouse rolls, fresh cranberry sauce, twice baked potatoes, a pumpkin cheesecake, roasted brussel sprouts, and our new friend Jay came laden down with a wonderfully tasty pumpkin ginger soup and marvelous green beans ladled with a walnut sauce that had us all elbowing each other for the spoon. Of course there was that smoked turkey that was out of this world. I am not kidding when I tell you that the turkey was so good, not only did we get no photos of it, but there was only enough leftover to make one sandwich. Seriously.

Eric and I teamed up to make a pumpkin pie, two types of dressing and a gingered sweet potato mash. Our sweet friend Christy brought a delish black eyed pea and beet salad that I loved. So yes, there was plenty of food to be thankful for. And we were.

Before dinner, I asked everyone to jot down what they were thankful for on a post-it note and stick it to our fire lantern. Have you seen these? They are so cool.

I decided to keep the table simple this year. A burlap runner ran down the length of the table and gold chargers were layered with our plain white dinner plates, topped with soup bowls and my new linen napkins embroidered with a “D” for dinner (or Davis, either way).

But first, there was popcorn. In the new popcorn machine. Just like at the movies!

Isn't this fun? Just like the Pilgrims!

A very happy reunion indeed.

Eric and I were so happy to have Diane with us, even for only one day.

And so was Jonathan...

Table is set. With little notes of gratitude for each guest as place cards.

Post-it notes and paper lantern for later in the evening.

Jay and Jonathan get acquainted.

Sweet Christy

Okay, everyone, to the table!

Black Eyed Peas and Beet Salad

Pumpkin and Ginger Soup

Mmmm, twice baked potatoes.

Those green beans and walnut sauce...

Roasted brussel sprouts. Yum.

Oh so good Parkerhouse rolls. Homebaked by Jonathan.

Eric carving the turkey we roasted. I'm telling you, the smoked turkey from Black Tie BBQ was GONE in 60 seconds.

I would post pics of dressing and sweet potatoes, but you know what those look like.

Dinner polished off, we sat around and visited until it was time for dessert. Our good friends Johnny P, Barry B as well as darling neighbors Tracy, Denise & Rick showed up for the post game festivities.

Um, Oscar is not allowed on the furniture. Well, maybe just today, with Tracy and Colin.

So sweet having Diane and Jonathan with us.

Sharing a laugh with Rick, Denise and Diane.

Mr. Barry Belcher, caught on film.

And then it was time to light the lantern and send it off with all of ¬†thanks for the year. Um, I’m not sure what the fire code is for this type of thing, so maybe we didn’t actually do this…

We may or may not have lit the lantern...

And maybe we didn't release it into the sky...

But our friends sure seem tickled.

Barry and Christy cuddle in the front yard.

Diane and Jonathan.

And around 11pm, everyone left for their respective homes and Eric and I assessed the aftermath.

Not too bad...

It was one of my favorite Thanksgivings to date. Great food (most of which I did not have to cook), fabulous company, a case of bubbly and a fire lantern that we may or may not have set on fire and let loose.


Hope yours was as much fun, Darlings.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Josh Groban – Thankful


7 Comments so far ↓

  1. Christy says:

    Patti – thank you for helping me remember every detail of the best Thanksgiving I’ve had in years. Thank you so much for allowing me to share in the festivities and thanks especially for your sweet note. I think I forgot it at your house and I wanted to keep it – it just about made me cry when I read it. I thank my lucky stars every day that you and Eric are in my life!

    I really need to hit the treadmill – dinner was fabulous! I’m still dreaming about the pumpkin cheesecake. Thanks, thanks, thanks!

  2. Patti says:

    Christy, you are always a welcome addition to our table and parties. So glad you were able to join us. It would not have been the same without you! xooxoxo, P

  3. Patti says:

    Arlynn, I am so lucky to count you in my circle of friends! xoxo, P

  4. Patti says:

    Thanks, Barry! It was so great having you join us! xoxo

  5. Patti, I have been following your blog since you introduced yourself to me at I.C.E. recently. Your Thanksgiving looks divine! I would love the recipe for your green beans, the beet salad and your pumpkin soup. Would it be too much to ask you to share?

    We missed Thanksgiving completely because I was sick all week – I want to make it up to everyone with a nice dinner soon.

  6. Patti says:

    Hi Lynda,

    Glad to hear you are feeling better! All the recipes you requested were done by friends, but let me see if I can round them up for you. When I do, I will email them to you.


  7. You are a peach! Thank you so much.