How To Dominate Thanksgiving.

My original plan was to walk you through step by step of our Thanksgiving Day.
And then I realized that would be the most boring blog post known to mankind.
So instead, I figured I would leave you with lessons that I learned from hosting this grand event.
Thankfully, I took 142 pictures throughout the day to accompany my lessons.
Get your big girl panties on for this one.
I’ve got a lot to fill em’ with.

How To Dominate Thanksgiving
{Or What Not To Do}: 
1.    Don’t think you won’t break things.
 You will.
In my case, I was successful enough to shatter 4 items.
The mashed potato bowl, the saucer to the gravy ladle, a drinking glass.
Oh, and a plate. Don’t cry about it. These things are unavoidable. And great photo ops.

2.    Decorate real fancy with plastic plates and bowls. If you add name tags, pumpkins, and candles, people will think they are at a gourmet restaurant. Until they touch their plastic plates.
Then they will quickly be reminded that they are in fact, at their young relatives home.

3.    If you enjoy eating turkey, don’t prepare it. Yanking the neck out of that sucker is not one of life’s finer moments. And it makes your muscles sore the next day.
Who knew those necks really are attached tightly?

4.    Speaking of the turkey, don’t think you can take an appealing picture of it {uncooked}.
You will get something along these lines.
 Do you think it looks like what I think it looks like?
Don’t answer that. This Blog is PG-13.  

5.    Need a place to store that turkey til’ it’s cooked?
Place it in the garage.
 It fits in perfectly with your tools.
You will not be sorry. Oh, and taste test them. Repeatedly.
As in eat three bowls worth. Before serving them to your guests.

7.    In the making of your mashed potatoes, don’t allow hot butter to get on your shirt.
You will have to change outfits.

8.    Have your guests write down what they are thankful for.
 And then bake those thankful little thoughts in crescent rolls.
Greasy baked notes of thankfulness. What could be better?
Have everybody crack open their crescent roll and read aloud what is inside.
It’s fun in a Thanksgiving Day kinda way.

9.    Pull your tank up when having your picture taken with the food.
Nobody needs to see that business. Oops.

10.  If a little girl wants to fly, let her fly.
Don’t however leave her with a buckeye.
Or an uncle who steals hairbows.

11.  Put more food on your plate than your stomach can handle.
It’s the proper thing to do.

12.  Have wine on hand.
Lots and lots of wine.

13.  Also have apple cider garnished with lemons and cinnamon sticks.
Yumm in the tum.

14.  Do take pictures with your husband. Preferably mildly inappropriate pictures.

15.  If your oven is smoking, shut it off.
Unless you prefer to have a house that is chocked full of smoke which will make it so that you can't breathe or see.
We opted for the second option.

16.  Your house will be messy. Keep in mind that you did all the cooking.
Cleaning is your husband’s job.

17.  Take the day off of work following Thanksgiving. While you sit at work, you will be exhausted but still have a longing desire to be out shopping.

18.  Enjoy it all.
The good, the bad, and the ugly.
Because in the end it’s the memories that were created that will be cherished forever.



  1. Looks great Erin!!! Good for you for braving hosting the whole family and cooking. It's NO small job!!! I'm working on it today :) The hubby has been to the store 3 times! Too bad he doesn't have a good memory. LOL

  2. This is truly one of my FAV after the "aftermath Turkey day" Posts.

    Each and EVERY little thing you described has totally happened to me one year or another! Not so fun at the time, but totally fun afterwards.

    Each year you learn. You learn how to plan better, how to bake better, how to do a little of everything better:)

    From your photos, I think you did fabulous! How fun!!

    A Funky Little Fashion Blog

  3. This is great!! I hosted at my house this year for the 1st time & my Thanksgiving kinda looked like yours :)
    Glad things went well. I'm sure everyone enjoyed it so much!

  4. This is an awesome post!! I am actually really sad - I realized I didn't get a picture with my husband yesterday!! SOOO BUMMED! We got too busy there at the end when we were putting everything together...oh well! There will be many more Thanksgivings...and I love your idea of putting notes in the rolls!! So creative!

  5. Hahaha, I love this post! And the turkey... yeah, I think I'm thinkin' what you're thinkin'. But I'm keeping it G-rated.

  6. Looks like a wonderful day, minus the broken plates!
    I am your newest follower. So glad I stumbled upon your blog. I cannot wait to keep reading. I'd appreciate it if you came and checked out my blog also and followed me back! Thanks!

  7. oh my gosh I LOVE your blog!!! so funny!! and I love all your pictures! I'm so sad I didn't find it earlier, I have been truly missing out

    new follower from the follow fest!

  8. LOL what a hilarious thanksgiving recap post - its the best I've seen. Glad you made it throught the warzone of broken dishes with your life :P


  9. I love love love this post!! All your pictures are fabulous and it makes me grateful I was only in charge of sides yesterday :) except I plan on cooking our 20 lb turkey for just the two of us on Sunday lol. I'll have to post pictures!! Kudos to you for putting on such a gorgeous thanksgiving spread :)

  10. I LOVE this post!! Looks like you had a wonderful day!

  11. This is absolutely hysterical. I'm with you with the changing shirt thing. I totally need to start rocking an apron. I'm excited to be your newest follower, especially if you're turning out posts like this.

  12. As usual, this post cracked me up! Looks like you had a very entertaining Thanksgiving! :)

  13. Newest follower from Follower's Fest! can't wait to read! xx Danielle xx


  14. Hahaha I loved this! Looks like a successful Thanksgiving, even if there were a few fatalities in the dish department!

  15. hahahah this was a hilarious post girl! i'm a new follower from statements of fashion! so glad to have found you! :)

  16. Such fun photos. And I love that long shirt you wore. Thanks for sharing.


  17. I had the exact same food that you had!!! Soo good.
    I'm impressed with the crescent thankful rolls. Did you make that up?
    And no shopping except online today from me. It gets too crazy out there.

  18. Hi! I'm your newest follower through the Follower's Fest. I loooove your blog, oh my. Your Thanksgiving looked amazing. I laughed at the turkey in the garage! Oh, and the idea of putting what you're thankful for in the rolls was too cute! I'll have to try that next year.

    Nice meeting you!

  19. You are funny. I have enjoyed reading this post so much. Yesm I was thinking the same thing that you were thinking about what the turkey looked like...so funny. You did a great job on this post while trying to make dinner and take photos. Dawn Suitcase Vignettes xo

  20. This post is great, I love the way you write! Following you now :) have a fab weekend! xoxo

  21. haha, i love this post. looks like you had a good time! i'd love for you to stop by www.thelovelypoppy.com and check out some of the new tutorials and the giveaway going on. xoxo nicole

  22. I'm a new follower of your blog! LOVE the thankful notes in the rolls - what a cute idea!!

  23. So I just found your blog when we were both featured on Statements in Fashion (meaning that we're both awesome). I'm loving your blog and your humor. We could probably be best friends. Do I sound stalkerish enough yet? Either way, I'm a new follower and am looking forward to reading more.

  24. you are too funny and cute! :) just found you through the follower fest, i'm your newest follower.


    come visit me --

  25. You are a doll. Excited to follow!

  26. OMG I can't believe you had trouble getting the neck out! I was so happy because my was already detached and came right out! I think I would have freaked out if I really had to yank it out!

    And I loved all your pictures!

    Found you from the Followers Fest!

  27. What a fun post! Loved all the photos. I am a new follower. Saw you linked up at The Wiegands. Have a great Sunday.

  28. What a cute post! You take amazing pictures :)

    Eternally yours,

  29. Such a cute post! Isn't it funny how these holidays never seem to go as you'd like, but always end up better because of it?

    So happy I found your blog xo


  30. I honestly laughed so hard at this. You totally dominated and looked hot doing it. Love your blog. You've got yourself a new follower.

    I would love for you to check out my blog when you get the chance :)


  31. First of all, you crack me up! Secondly, I love love love your earrings *drool*. And third, what a gorgeous house! I forget that people actually live in houses without crayon on the wall or banana stains on the carpet. Some day...

  32. I really love your blog -- but this is one of the funniest posts ever. SO great and true.

  33. Loooove your blog, and all your fun photos!

  34. he he he you seriously crack me up girl..... I think we would be besties in real life, but for now E BFF's will do!! *new follower! xo

  35. i found my way here from your guest post on cori's blog and um, can we be friends?

  36. As usual this post was Hysterical!! I especially loved the pictures of the uncooked turkey lol...I think we're on the same wavelength on that one oops!


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