So, I prepared a traditional Thanksgiving feast, and hosted 10 of our friends to a very fun night. That evening was so successful that last Saturday (we all had to work Friday so a Thursday celebration was out of the question) we hosted our 2nd annual American Thanksgiving! This year we made a few changes. Everything (with the exception of the meat for the carnivores - which was everyone except for me) was vegan. From the gravy and mashed potatoes to the cupcakes and pies...vegan.
Now, last year, I had bought two turkeys when they'd gone on sale after Canadian Thanksgiving: one for American Thanksgiving and one for X-mas. I didn't do that this time. I didn't cook a Turkey in October this year; my parents took care of that knowing my reservations about it. So I didn't think to get one on sale following our holiday, especially since the meat section of the grocery store is something I avoid altogether. So the week before our big dinner this year, Señor and I were on a mission to find a turkey. They were $40!! I just couldn't bring myself to do it (and neither could Señor). So Señor chose a small chicken and a porketta roast and we served that instead. (Lucky for me a friend was ready to the preparation of these and another was quick to check for doneness and take care of the carving.)
Another thing that differed this year from last was that this year, we added a theme to the night. You see, a few months back, I had a birthday party for my daughter at a local ranch. I ordered a bunch of really cool party favors following a cowboy theme for her and her friends but, they didn't arrive until after the party!! So the day before her party (which was a Friday so I knew there no chance in getting that package delivered on time) I went out to find whatever I could in local shops that could suit the theme. That turned out okay, but a few days later when I received a giant box full of children's party favors...
Señor and I waiting for our guests to arrive :) ↑
I thought what the hell am I going to do with these?? I called the company I'd ordered them from and they told me what I already knew, they charged a fee for returns and I would have to pay the duty charges that would results from the return. So I kept the damn box and put it in my cold storage until I could find something to do with it. When I started the plans for our 2nd annual American Thanksgiving I thought this could work! Adults like party bags too...right? So I made our party a cowboy theme and threatened that those not taking part in the theme simply wouldn't be given a party bag! So show up, dressed up they