Thanksgiving 2012

I had PLANNED on writing a “Happy Thanksgiving” post this year on the actual date of Thanksgiving, however given our quick return from California that Monday and then getting ready for guests for the holiday, I didn’t get around to it. Soooo…

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

I hope it was spent with your friends and family enjoying delicious turkey, tons of sides dishes, and of course nothing but the best deserts. 🙂

We had our annual Thanksgiving with my family as well as Eric’s followed by Black Friday shopping right afterwards since all the deals started so early this year.

I took pictures of the table prior to removal for eating purposes and to avoid stains.

This year, I had a few more fall items thanks to Eric’s trips to local yard sales.

This pumpkin, although ordinary, is one of my favorite yard sale finds.

I used a bell jar that I received as a bridal shower gift to display fresh pumpkins purchased at the grocery store.

I went all out in orange this year for fall. This was in part due to my Sferra Festival napkins that I received from a Sferra representative. After they read my post raving about their Celeste Sheets, they were so gracious as to contact me and send me these lovely napkins. I adore them and plan on purchasing more in the future. You can choose from 101 colors! I’ve already got my eye on a plum color that is to die for.

This year, we displayed the food a little differently. Last year, we used the buffet behind the table. But given the space of the room, that can get a little crowded. This year, Eric purchased a football field themed beer pong table for his football parties. We found a tablecloth that fit last minute and we used the beer pong table for the food. It could not have worked more perfectly.

I expect that we will use this table for our Christmas party as well coming up soon. In fact… I don’t even think we have ever played beer pong on that table.

All in all, it was a delicious and enjoyable Thanksgiving. I always enjoy being around family and love it even more when you get two families together. I am blessed that our families get along so well. Couldn’t have asked for a better match!

How did you spend your Thanksgiving?

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Our First Married Thanksgiving

Last week was Thanksgiving! I cannot believe it’s already over. 😦 But on the bright side this means that we are one step closer to Christmas and I can now justify listening to Christmas music. I also decorated my house and put up our Christmas tree (a blog coming soon). But back to Thanksgiving…

As you saw from a previous post, last year was our first co-family Thanksgiving celebration. We loved it so much that we decided to do it again this year. I love the fact that our two families get along so well. I also am so thankful for parents who are willing to drive to Charlotte so that we can do these sorts of things. I am a very lucky girl indeed.

This year we tried to not make as much food but what is Thanksgiving without overindulging? So of course we made probably as much food as last year if not more. Oh well! I didn’t hear anyone complaining at the dinner table about their plates being too full.

Last year I didn’t really decorate the table for Thanksgiving other than some festive paper plates. This year (last minute) I decided that I wanted a decorated table. So I pulled a few things together last minute to come up with a festive table.

I used to have place mats that were thanksgiving style but I looked all over the house for them for probably over 30 minutes and finally gave up. Still I think my table turned out beautiful.

For the buffet, where we would be serving all the food, I placed a tablecloth to protect the wood from the hot food items. I also found a turkey that my mom gave me and a pumpkin that I randomly bought last year.

Once the table was set and the buffet ready for the food, we started to bring all the items to the dinning room.

We had every dish imaginable. PS the picture does not include dessert!  And you cannot forget the turkey…

It turned out beautifully. My dad invested in an electronic thermometer this year to keep an eye on the temperature. It seems to work very well as the turkey was very moist.

After the food was in place and the drinks served we took a family picture.

I hope that this thanksgiving tradition is something that we hold on to for years to come. There is nothing better than time spent around the table with family. We had many laughs, shared stories, and of course talked about Black Friday shopping plans.

I hope that each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year and that you were able to spend it with the ones you love.

Thanksgiving – A Season of Thanks

At this moment, I am sure that I am stuffed to the brim with delicious food while scanning the Black Friday ads and developing a game plan with my family.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s about family coming together for a day to share in laughs, memories, and all around good times. I always look forward to Thanksgiving, it’s one out of the two times of the year that I get to see my entire extended family.

Last year, Eric and I started a new tradition. It’s always hard joining two families together. You don’t want to choose which side of the family to visit and who you will wait and see around Christmas. I have always been used to seeing my family on Thanksgiving and it was not something that I was ready to give up. Therefore, we found a compromise. A joined family Thanksgiving. We would celebrate Thanksgiving with my mom’s side of the family the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving. Celebrate Thanksgiving with my dad’s family at lunch time on Thursday. Then we celebrated a joined Thanksgiving with Eric’s family and my family on Black Friday.

It worked out perfect.

We made a full Thanksgiving meal with all the staples… and then some. It was also the first time that I was able to use my dining room table.

The amount of food was insane… not that I’m complaining. 😉 It was all delicious. I loved the combination of my family signatures and Eric’s family signatures.

With that, I hope that your Thanksgiving this year is all that you dreamed it would be. I hope that you are able to share it with friends and family. I am thankful for my friends and family and I will you all a blessed day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Rehearsal Dinner

Our rehearsal dinner was a success. We didn’t think it was going to be originally due to some drama but it worked out. Eric’s parents arrived at the venue to set up that Thursday afternoon to find out that they never really took our deposit and never really booked the room for us! They had us on the books but never really finalized it. Luckily the place was not booked again so we were okay. But that’s not the way you want to start your wedding!

In addition to that, Eric and I had a meeting with Childress once we arrived in Lexington the say before the wedding and there were over six firetrucks on site. We never found out what happened. But later when we arrived at the place again to drop off stuff the entry gate to the winery shut on us! We found out later that their power had gone out.

Eric and I have the worst luck. We totally expected it to rain on our wedding day as it has for every vacation we have ever taken. It rained on our engagement pictures. And it rained on my bridal portraits. But everything turned out perfect in both cases anyways.

The rehearsal went well, we practiced both outside and inside if it rained. Then we were off to the Lexington Municipal Club for dinner!

We decided to have BBQ since Lexington, NC is the capital of BBQ. We chose Speedy’s since that is what all the locals of Lexington recommended. And it was delicious. I didn’t take a picture of it. Not sure why, but I did get the banana pudding which was equally yummy.

I think that everyone had a great time. I got a pretty attractive group of family members and friends right?? Gotta love them. Thank you all for your support. You are amazing.

Family Bridal Shower

This past weekend, I went home for a yet another Bridal Shower. This time, my aunt Jennifer was the one to host the party. I have to say, if you ever need a party to be planned, she is the one to go to. Every detail was amazing. I am always in awe of her creativity and ability to host a fabulous event. 🙂

This Bridal shower was strictly family. I wanted something casual so just us girls could get together, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company. It ended up being just that. Thanks Jennifer for hosting such a great Bridal Shower. I could not have asked for a better one! I am also planning on re-using the frames at the wedding, so you will see those again soon! 😉

Check out all the photos of the event:

My amazing Aunt Jennifer who hosted the event. Thanks again! 🙂

The Food. We had amazing food. Spinach dip (my favorite), shrimp and cocktail sauce, potato salad, fruit, chicken salad on croissants, a pimento cheese dip, and Dewey’s Bakery cake squares. Yum!

Another look at the delicious food!

My family. My dad’s mother, my mom, and of course, me! 🙂

My mom’s mother. I didn’t get a good photo of my other aunt. She was talking during the photo taken of her, and I doubt she would want that on the internet. Haha. I also did not get a good picture of my other grandmother. But they were also attendants of the bridal shower, and I appreciate them coming. 🙂

Miss Quila, short for Tequila. This is my cousin’s dog but she is definitely BFFs with my aunt Jennifer. She is the cutest girl. Look at that smile!

The Gifts.

I got a cookbook from my Grandmother Shelby, my dad’s mom. She has shared lot of her own recipes with me a few summers ago. I believe that I got my cooking skills from her. She is a talented in the kitchen. I hope that I can continue to learn more from her. She has already taught me so much.

The robe I got from Jennifer. I am so freaking excited to wear it. I’ve debated on wearing it to bed. Haha. It’s so soft and I just love it. I am 100% going to rock this on my wedding day. And I 100% plan to wear it after my wedding day as well. Love, love, love. My other Aunt. and Grandmother gave me money towards my honeymoon. Always appreciated and it will go to good use! My dad’s step-mother who I did not get a picture of gave me a book to keep record of my family tree records. That will come in handy as Eric and I get older and have kids.

It was a wonderful Bridal Shower overall. I have such wonderful family and I am thankful for all the ladies in my life. They are all amazing and each one has made an impact in my life. I love you all and thanks for taking time out of your weekend to spend with me!