Since moving to the USA, my birthday now officially lines up with American Thanksgiving. In Canada, we celebrate in October. So I decided to host 26 of my closest friends for an intimate-ish ThanksBirthday dinner party. A mash-up between a birthday party and Thanksgiving dinner all-in-one. Who turns down a chance to eat a Thanksgiving dinner twice? Apparently no one! Paul and I hosted ThanksBirthday the weekend before actual Thanksgiving and everyone was luckily still in town and available.
First off, we held this little dinner party in our townhouse – and moved every single piece of furniture we had on the main floor up to our bedroom and office. I rented three eight-foot tables, gold chiavari chairs, burnt orange linens, gravy boats, wine glasses and salt & pepper shakers. The rentals itself were fairly reasonably priced – it’s the pick-up and delivery that took up most of the cost.
To save on clean-up and more rentals, I opted for these cute little Thanksgiving paper plates, paper napkins and placecards from Target. I bought compostable plastic cups and gold plastic cutlery from Party City. I bought flower vases for $1 from the 99 cents store and bought four bouquets of flowers from Trader Joe’s for $5.99 each. I found decorative gourds at Albertson’s for $1.99 and kept my table decorations at that.
For lighting, I owned a few mason jam jars ($1) and stuck a tealight in each one. Since we removed all the lamps from the main floor, I went to Orchard’s Hardware and bought a string of indoor/outdoor bulb lights for $15 to string across the living room to give a cozy vibe.
I also bought plenty of wine from BevMo! and left a few open bottles at each table. The sales reps are super helpful there. I gave him a budget of under $15 for white and red wines that paired well with Turkey for about 26 people. I was really delighted with everything they chose and was happy to delegate that task over to someone who knows wine.
For food! I ordered a 26 lb turkey from Whole Foods that cam brined and ready for roasting. I even outsourced the mashed potatoes and gravy to them and heated them up in the oven before moving them into my crock pot to keep warm. In case we didn’t have enough food (we had too much!), I bought a 7 lb Honeybaked Ham to add to our potluck buffet.
Our lovely guests each brought a side dish and they were all amazing. Paul made a skid of Martha Stewart’s sausage and chestnut stuffing and it was SO good. We had so much, that we sent each guest home with a little take-out box of stuffing. You can get super cheap Chinese take-out boxes from Smart & Final that are food safe.
My dream come true. A turkey ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins! The legs are made of sugar cones – that’s perfection right there.
Hope you enjoy a happy and joyful Thanksgiving with friends and family!