Friday, November 8, 2013

Thanksgiving Buffet

Is it your turn to host Thanksgiving dinner this year?  Why not make it a casual affair by setting up a buffet.  That way everyone can dish their own plate and the big reason is to allow more room in the center of the table for your beautiful tablescape!

Thanksgiving Tablescape by Between Naps on the Porch
Thanksgiving Tablescape by Between Naps on the Porch

Here's the menu to make life a little easier.

Buffet Table by Divine Dinner Party
Buffet Table by Divine Dinner Party

Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner Menu

Deviled Eggs (This can be made the day before)
Apple, Cranberry Walnut Salad tossed in a Brown Sugar Glaze

Roasted Corn on the Cob
Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce (This can be made the day before or open the can and refrigerate on serving dish)

Green Bean Casserole (This can be assembled the day before minus the french fried onions)

Sweet Potato Souffle (This can be prepped a day or two ahead)
Cornbread Stuffing (This can be prepped a day or two ahead)
Herb Roasted Turkey (Thaw according to USDA guidelines)
Slow Roasted Beef with Au Jus and Horseradish Cream
Dinner Rolls with Butter
Pumpkin Pie (This can be made a couple days ahead) with Vanilla Ice Cream
Coffee, Tea or Soda

Thanksgiving Buffet Table 2012
Thanksgiving Buffet Table 2012

You might also want to consider dividing the menu up among your guests (even if your guests are the immediate family).  Each person can be responsible for one or two items.  For example, one of the smaller children might take pride in making the deviled eggs or preparing the beverage table.  One of the older children might like to prepare the dessert table and of course the man in your life would absolutely adore you if you asked him to prepare the roast beef.

If you're inviting families or couples over to dinner, they might ask if they can bring a dish (accept the generous offer) and you will already have the menu ready to offer up some suggestions.

P.S.,  What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?  Do you have a favorite dish you prepare each year?

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