Wednesday evening we hosted our annual Thanksgiving Eve soup supper. We enjoyed a warm meal, sweet treats, and much laughter!
With travel and a nasty cold virus going through the family the week before, we weren’t entirely sure we would be able to host this year. But by the beginning of the week, we were back in action and raring to go!
I kept the tables extremely simple for a couple of reasons. First of all, for reasons stated above, I was late in getting started this year, so cleaning and food were top priority. And secondly, we do this meal buffet style and have no assigned seating. It’s a very casual evening for everyone to mingle and sit wherever they like. I place stacks of plates and bowls, along with utensils and napkins, on the buffet line for ease instead of at each place setting.
I’d decided to use only what I already had in the yard for any arrangements. Joel and Wilton made a trip into the woods for magnolia branches. My mom has used magnolia branches for holiday decorating all my life, so I learned from her how elegant and economical they are in table arrangements. I wasn’t real sure what else I’d put with them but figured I’d end up throwing in some oranges and cranberries from the fridge. But then Joel surprised me that afternoon with a bouquet of fall flowers when I sent him on a Costco run for sandwiches. It was such a welcomed surprise. What a man!
We had a cheeseball appetizer in the den for everyone to snack on before dinner. I snapped this picture before adding crackers around the plate.
Here’s my girl waiting for guests to arrive.
We have a little room under the staircase that I’ve made into a coffee/butler’s pantry. I’ll explain more about this in another post, but it’s a fun little room.
We have a lot of coffee drinkers! So I keep a variety of coffees, sweeteners, and creamers stocked. I also had ready a kettle of hot water with tea bags, apple cider mix, and hot chocolate packets, in case someone wanted something other than coffee.
This guy couldn’t wait for his cousins to arrive!
In the kitchen, we had the buffet lineup of salad, two soups, toppings, bread, and those last minute sandwiches from Costco. My mom and sisters (that includes my SIL!) are always so helpful with food and beverages!!
This kale salad from Costco is fantastic, and my go-to for a quick salad to add to a meal, or to eat by itself.
Have you tried their ciabatta sandwiches? They are delicious!! We cut them in half since we had other items on the menu.
Here are our desserts from my last post. I hadn’t put out the pumpkin gooey bars yet.
And below is some of my amazing team (minus Madeline), helping with last minute preps!! Y’all, my husband and kids are the absolute best! Joel worked so hard in the yard, house, and with errands, helping me catch up from lost time the prior week. My kiddos hung in there with me to get the house spic-n-span the day before. And the baking time with them was so much fun. Parties just wouldn’t be the same without this crew!!
I didn’t do any decorating outside, but it was ready for the kids to eat and play.
We had two fires going—one in the fireplace and one in a fire pit further out in the yard.
Once everyone arrived, I was too busy enjoying my people to take too many photos. Maybe next time. But I did get this quick one on my phone of these younger cousins having their own little party on the patio. Later in the evening my SIL’s brother gathered the little ones around the fire pit for kid songs, accompanied by his guitar and harmonica. Boy, I hate I missed it! Had no idea it was going on, but Joel was out there and recorded it on his phone. So precious.
I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving! I’m overwhelmingly thankful to God for all that He sees fit to bring into my life, and the people who gathered in our home this night are at the top of the list!
I’ll be back next week with some recipes!