Are you hosting Thanksgiving Dinner?

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I know a lot of people are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday this year, but I want to know what all of you are doing. Are you headed out of town or will you be cooking the turkey at home?

We’ll be headed to my Aunt’s for dinner like we usually do.  I was once allowed to sit at the grown-up table at Thanksgiving, but now that I have little ones, B and I are back at the kids table ;).  We eat on the late side (think 5-6pm) to give everyone who has gone to the Lion’s game (they always play at home on Thanksgiving) a chance to make it to dinner on time.  B will also be running the “Drumstick Double” (a back to back 5K and 10K) Turkey Trot in the D in the morning and if it’s not sub-zero, maybe the kids and I will head down with him (we’ll see about that one though).

What about you?  What are your plans for Thanksgiving?  And if you celebrate Hanukkah, how are you handling this year’s “Thanksgivukkah”??  And I’m curious, what time is your Thanksgiving dinner served?  Around lunch?  Mid-afternoon?  Dinner time (like mine is)?

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  1. Ashley C.

    We’re heading to my husband’s Aunt and Uncle’s house. That whole side of the family gets together, and its nice to have as much of the 4 generations as possible around the same table[s]. And we’re eating around the same time you are, since everyone else has other family get togethers to attend earlier in the day!

    1. Jennifer

      THat sounds great!!!!!!

  2. Jenny

    We are heading to my friends house for Thanksgiving this year. All my scrappy ladies that went on the retreat with me are coming with their families. Normally we all travel but this year we are all here so it worked out. We are eating at 3. When I do it at my house I usually do more of a lunch so snacks around 12 and then eat at 1 but we can make this new time work for us. I’m trying to decide if we will make any Thanksgiving store stops on the way home 😉

    1. Jennifer

      I love that you call them your “scrappy ladies”. Ha!!!!

      Ohh, a little “run” to a store on the way home sounds good. The boys can wait in the car?.

  3. Lisa D

    Dinner at my parents…thing is I have to cook it all 🙁
    We have dinner around 2pm- My parents are elderly and like things just so with dinner early with all the fixings….ugh, but it’s for the parents and who knows how many more Thanksgivings we will have with them 🙂

    1. Jennifer

      I like things just so too ;). enjoy your day!!

  4. Mary

    We always go to my aunts as well. Our lunch/dinner is usually around 2 or 3. Then we are eating left overs by 6 or 7. Or we over eat and have pie at 6 or 7. We used to do it at lunch time, but now a few family members do a run, and a few volunteer. So it ende up getting pushed back a few years ago.

    1. Jennifer

      That makes sense! I think that’s about the standard meal time isn’t it?

  5. We are a NOON family. However, since my husband is driving
    down from Vermont, I’ll probably cook something different and we’ll
    have our Blue Apron on Friday. Because he’ll want to cook! Depends
    on how early he leaves and how much snow there is.

    1. Jennifer

      Is he coming on Wednesday or Thursday? Are the kids excited?

      1. He’s coming on Thursday. The kids are counting down. He’s bringing Lindy (our dog) too! YAY!

  6. Jill

    We are kind of doing two of the choices. We are heading to our cabin in the woods to spend the holiday with our family plus Nana & Papa and great grandma. Should be cozy!

    1. Jennifer

      That sounds great! Enjoy!

  7. Rachel

    We celebrate around lunch (1pm) and I am hosting for the first time ever this year. I don’t think I’ll ever volunteer to host again. 🙂

    1. Jennifer

      What time do you need to start cooking at turkey to eat at 1pm??

      1. Rachel

        I’m thinking 8 am. I’m following Alton Brown’s recipe/method. If I’m wrong, I guess we’ll be eating later than 1! 🙂

  8. Jen

    It will be me, my husband and a few friends at our house. I can’t wait to cook!

    1. Jennifer


  9. Tiffany

    Watching the packers hopefully beat the lions 😉

    1. Jennifer

      That’s probably not going to be too hard!!

      1. Tiffany

        LOL! Well we arent doing too hot either!

  10. Brooke

    We eat at half-time of the game! Can’t miss a minute of football! 😉 So being that B is from Wisconsin, do you guys have to pick sides for the game on Thursday or is he a Lions fan?

    1. Jennifer

      Nah. He’s a lions fan now ;).

  11. Bethany

    We’re doing dinner at my sister’s house around 3 pm. The family was very considerate in trying to plan the time around my baby’s nap schedule! Looking forward to the pie!!

    1. Jennifer

      That was great of them!!!

  12. Stephanie McGuire

    Ok, so having a baby wasn’t one of the options but those are my Thanksgiving plans, lol! Be sure to keep an eye out on Instagram for cute baby photos!!!

    1. Jennifer

      I’m so excited for you!! I hope everything goes smoothly!!!

  13. Sara

    We will be going to my sister in law’s house and the party starts at noon. Three buckets of brandy slush and a veggie tray shaped like a turkey are what I’m bringing. Oh and how could I forget:

    GO PACK GO!!

    I’m a Wisconsin girl 🙂

    1. Jennifer

      Did you make the turkey shaped veggie tray?? Those are so cure!

  14. Amanda

    I’m walking/dancing in the parade in downtown Chicago in the morning with my dance team, doing Thanksgiving “lunch” with my husband’s family and Thanksgiving “dinner” with my family. What a day! 🙂

    1. Jennifer

      Ohh that sounds so fun!!!!!! Enjoy the parade!

  15. Kristin

    I am hosting myself and my husband, so I guess that might not count. 🙂

    1. Jennifer

      That counts as hosting!

  16. Shannon N.

    This is our second year hosting. I learned from my mistakes and have given away a lot of the dishes – lol! I even bought a pre-baked turkey from Trader Joe’s. Last year our turkey looked perfect on the outside until we carved into it and it was still raw! And I followed the directions perfectly. I’m still ashamed, hence the pre-baked turkey. This year is also interesting because I found out I am dairy sensitive and my husband is gluten intolerant. So we’re having a dairy-free, gluten-free thanksgiving. Don’t feel sorry for us though…it isn’t as bad as it sounds! LOL!

    1. Jennifer

      Ahhh, I bet that will be the talk of family gatherings for years!! WHat did you end up eating??

      1. Shannon N.

        We still ate it…we just popped it into the microwave for awhile. Not my proudest moment. 😉

  17. Janaya

    The hubby and I are hosting Thankgiving at our place for the first time this year. It was his idea, but I’m the one stuck doing most of the work/ cooking. Funny how that works huh? 🙂 but I am excited that I’m finally getting to use all of the fun recipes/ crafts that I’ve found on Pinterest!

    1. Jennifer

      It always works like that does it???

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