Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Friendsgiving weekend

We had a fabulous time this weekend! The turkey came out perfectly cooked with golden & crispy skin, and everyone brought such delicious food.

And now, Friendsgiving 2.0 weekend in pictures:

Lara, Karah, Doran, & Brandon all came to town for the weekend, and our first stop on Friday was to Three Amigos. I mean, they have $5 large house margaritas on Fridays, so what better day to visit?
My usual order: Enchiladas Verdes with lots of Valentina hot sauce poured on
We played many rounds of Cards Against Humanity and then called it a night. Connor and I put the turkey in the brine and then went to sleep.
I had to set my alarm the next morning, because I had something BIG planned for our guests: Homemade Everything Bagels! They ended up taking me just at 2 hours, if you want to attempt them yourself. I don't think you can pre-make the dough or boil them off a day in advance. They are totally worth the effort!



We set up a topping station and devoured these! Smoked salmon, capers, diced red onions...the works!
Connor took Doran, Brandon, & Karah to the UVA vs. Davidson basketball game after breakfast, and Lara and I got to cooking!
I prepped Anne Burrell's Sausage & Cornbread stuffing, and waited to bake it off until the turkey was done. I also made a pumpkin & cream cheese tart from the smitten kitchen cookbook, and let it cool in the fridge until dessert.

My helpers got back from the game and then set up the tables. We ended up having 30 people so I borrowed chairs & 2 tables from our neighbor Kristen. Thank goodness for good friends!

Here is the table in the midst of being set up. It's crazy that we had enough placemats, flatware, and drinking glasses!
My friends know me so well. Mary came with an enormous bottle of Prosecco to help calm my nerves before everyone got there. It helped!
Centerpieces included my large hurricane glasses from C&B, with gourds on the bottom
The table turned out perfectly. I used plastic tablecloths for the smaller tables, for easier clean-up. 
 The bar. Everyone brought beer or wine with them and we pretty much killed it all! I also had a pot of warm mulled wine & spiked cider.
My helpers!

My clean-up crew

And now for the spread! (Thanks to Kristen for using my camera to get great photos! I was doing too many things to step away and take pictures)

Lara put together a delicious cheese board for people to snack on until we served dinner

My turkey. Isn't it gorgeous?
We also ordered a smoked turkey from Midwood Smokehouse. So worth having a back-up plan!
 Money shot! Connor carved my turkey while I got the gravy together, then I jumped in and carved up the smoked turkey.
 



Here's what everyone brought! We had such a great mix of everything. No duplicates!!
 If you're wondering how in the world we fit all that food into one space, we literally used every inch of space in the kitchen. Our breakfast bar held sides...
And so did the appliance/cookbook shelf

Our tall bistro table held the desserts
 And we had an assembly line for the food!
Round 1! I tried to get a little bit of everything on there. Pictured at the top was the BEST hot drink: spiked caramel apple cider. Easy recipe: Put a gallon of apple cider in a crock pot. Pour a bottle of Caramel or Caramel Apple Vodka in. Add a cinnamon stick and heat on HIGH for 2 hours! This is strong, so be careful.
We did some damage, and then kept the party going for a while!

I am so thankful for our friends in Charlotte, and hope to keep this tradition going every year!

xoxo

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7 comments:

homesweetlifeblog.com said...

We had so much fun! Thank you for hosting!

Carolina Charm said...

This is a seriously amazing Friendsgiving! I'm only hosting 9 people for Thanksgiving and I'm stressed out! haha

megan said...

Wow, everything looks amazing! We're having a Friendsgiving dinner on Sunday!

The Reedy Review said...

Oh my goodness, y'all really went all out! All of that food looks amazing, and I'm drooling over the picture of those bagels. AND we have the same wine glasses as you, too. Aren't they just the best?

Jaclyn @ Love And Bellinis said...

We used to have friendsgiving in college and it was always sooo much fun! You guys had a TON of food-impressive!

Taylor Rae said...

Hello impressive!!! 30 people?!?! Dang! The food all looks incredible!

Christina @ This Woman Cooks! said...

Wow, what a great celebration! So much food! I bet everyone had a great time. We've done Friendsgiving every year, except this year, since we moved away. :( It's so much fun to do that with friends.