What!? 17. I'm feeling a little panicked. Up till now, it's been fun to daydream about the food I'd serve, how beautiful my house will look, how yummy everything will taste. But now it's really time to get down to major planning, making decisions about things and organizing the shopping and preparation. I haven't mentioned what a fabulous guest list I have, but it is super fabulous. Just to name drop a little, DesignMom, Jordan, Mom in Mendon and Liz will be spending Thanksgiving with us, not to mention the very cool people they hang out with. I'm so excited (and a lot relieved) to delegate all things table (place settings, linens, centerpieces) to Design Mom and Jordan. No doubt it will be beautiful and cool and functional. Mom in Mendon is a great cook and makes a stunning deep dish apple pie. Liz has great taste in all things and can cook anything.
So desserts. Ben had the great idea of having lots of desserts. At first I thought it sounded a little crazy, but now I really like the idea. I'm thinking the day will go something like this: In the morning I'll send a group off to the Macy's Day Parade. Then I can cook and watch the parade on tv with whomever stays behind. We'll start hors de oeuvres early, maybe 1 or 2. Roughly 45-60 minutes after hors de oeuvres have begun we'll sit down to dinner: first soup, then salad, then the rest. Hopefully the babies will nap during most of the meal. The tricky part will be keeping the other kids happy, so we may have to adjust the time accordingly. By eating early we can make time for a nice fall walk at Rockwood Hall or Pepsico Gardens, and the kids can run and blow off some steam. Last we'll convene in the evening for desserts (lots of desserts) and visiting and maybe a little family home evening. What do you think? (Really, is this a crazy plan? What are the flaws in it?)
Desserts that will be present:
birthday cake (Josh will order this from Lulu's or Riviera)
Desserts that may be present:
milky way tart
chocolate bread pudding
cheesecake with cranberry/cherry compote
What other desserts do you like to have on Thanksgiving?