Is it Friday yet? This weekend's festivities left me anything but rested! Last night, I hosted a "Pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Dinner" for ten friends. Turkey Day is one of my favorite holidays and Thanksgiving food- well, I could eat nothing but stuffing for a month and be perfectly content with the situation. Since I'm always out of town for Thanksgiving, I figured that hosting an early celebration would afford me the best of both worlds- good food and good friends.
I took it as a fortuitous sign when I found this adorable little vintage apron during a weekend trip to my favorite thrift store. I'm not really one for aprons because I find them bulky and a bit goofy- but I have to say, having a little half apron is very convenient when you're cooking a labor intensive meal. It's nice to always have somewhere to wipe your hands!
I cooked a 20 pound turkey- my first time cooking a turkey, and this monster was no joke! He turned out quite beautifully, though! But then again, things that are slathered in butter tend to turn out beautifully, no?
Of course, here's what he looked like at the end of the night!
I also got to break out my silver serving utensils and carving set that I bought last year during the Eddie Ross flea market tour at the DC Big Flea- so that brought back some fun memories!
And it's always nice to have an excuse to set the table with china and silver. Here's a (not great) peek at the table, which was a bit shuffled around because I put some appetizers on it at the beginning of the night.
And of course, the best part of any Thanksgiving meal- the leftovers! I know what I'm having for lunch today (and tomorrow, and Wednesday). Happy pre-Thanksgiving, everyone!