cheese cloth and wine technique for the turkey. The side dishes get a little tricky towards the end with the timing, but it all seems to work out just fine! It's a small group this year, just 7 of us. I find it doesn't seem to matter if it's 5, 7 or 12 - it's the same about of work....maybe just one or two additional side dishes.
Here is a picture of the dinner place cards I have made. I use this basic design often and just change up the colors based on the holiday. This year I decided to make menu cards as well. I'll place them in the dining room where we eat, on the server and also in the kitchen on our large island for the guests to get a glimpse of what will be served.
The company I work for is closed Thursday and Friday. I have decided to add to my time off and took Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving! I'm spending the three days cleaning our house and prepping for Thursday. Just finished ironing the table cloth!!!! I scheduled a few annual doctor appointments in there (eye doctor, cats vet appointment) as well. I figure it's a good time since I'm off work anyway. I also can not clean for a solid three days, I'll simply lose steam. For good measure I scheduled a massage appointment for tomorrow morning. A little treat for myself prior to the feast!
If you live in the US, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.