Thanksgiving is just two weeks and a day away. Hubby decided it was time for us to host again, so my mom and I have carefully crafted our menu for the big day.
Besides the bird (fresh, calling to order in a few minutes...), we're also planning on mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, dinner rolls, cauliflower, corny bread, and green bean casserole. We'll also do a relish tray and a fabulous cranberry/jello thing someone posted on Facebook, and the traditional cranberry stuff in the can. Desserts are up to our guests. Since pies stay cold, I won't need to budget stove/oven/pots & pans for them.
We've already got tables (thanks to my Close To My Heart business, I keep two long ones in the basement ready to go) and chairs (for the same reason).
Now at the two week mark I figure it's time for me to start inventorying our glasses, dishes, and linens. Flatware is fine, as I've got a whole extra set in the top of the closet.
I'm planning on the eclectic route for any missing glasses/stemware and dishes. We have some Ikea gift cards, so I'll take a count and head out there one afternoon to get what we're missing. I think Ikea also has linens, so I can pick up a couple tablecloths and some cloth napkins. Hopefully I'll find some cute napkin rings and decorative serving dishes too. Ikea may also be a safe bet for the few pots/pans that I'm short to have everything warm at once.
Whew! If you've done this before, what am I missing? What are your favorite dishes at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner?