I know I have said this before but, planning and prepping is really my favorite part of hosting any event.
I take a lot of time in setting the table, pulling out all of the pretty serve ware, planning the menu and then pulling it all together.
I am trying a few new recipes this year. If they get the thumbs up from the family I'll post them.
This is what is on our menu this year.
Roasted Turkey with Pan Gravy
Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Sauce (Mike is making this, he is not a fan of turkey and wanted another protein)
Homestyle Mashed Potato's
Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Fresh Green Bean Bake
Creamed Corn Bread Casserole
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Pumpkin Pie with Cool Whip
For the Table Setting I am using our China, the pretty fall napkins my mom handed down to me, and stemless wine glasses. I made the burlap runner, the place cards and the mini menu's on each plate. I also have table conversation cards that I think will be fun to discuss. They are light hearted questions like "what was your favorite childhood toy." I don't know if the family will be up for doing those so we will see.
The kids table for my daughter and niece is all decked out with fun fall kid activities. I have a wood hanging ornament for them to color. A color page place mat. Markers and a my lil Pony horse for each of them. I also have special Thanksgiving plates for each of them.