2013 Thanksgiving Plans

I am unbelievably excited for Thanksgiving in one week! For the first time ever, Matt and I are hosting dinner in our home for both sides of our families! This is exceptionally special to us because the last (and only) time our families came together was for our engagement and wedding day! So you can imagine how much it means to us to not have to split this holiday with one side of the family!


I’ve been getting ready for this holiday for months now creating grocery and to do lists, pinning ideas, purchasing tablescape accessories and of course planning the gender reveal!


The moms and I are splitting up the menu for cooking so no one has to do all of it. I’ll be taking on all the appetizers {baked brie, veggie tray, hot corn dip, etc.} the turkey, stuffing, green beans and dessert.  

For the tablescape, I’m going to be working with burlap, deep reds and golds. I’ve purchased everything on sale {and with coupons} from World Market, Michaels and Party City. Here is some of my inspiration:

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After dinner, Matt and I will surprise our family {and ourselves} with a gender reveal cake for dessert. We may even get really crazy and announce the baby name too {Matt really doesn’t want to announce it until birth}!

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Prior to dinner, we’ll set up a little voting station for our family and provide some gender predicting Old Wives tales for fun. The cake will be cut for dessert {if we can wait that long!!!}!

Throughout the day there will be lots of football watching in our house and I’m sure that will continue after dinner too. We will also likely end up watching Elf on repeat since my sister and I are obsessed {we have the entire movie memorized, no joke}.

The next morning my mom and I are going to get up early, throw a Fiesta Breakfast Casserole in the oven and hit the mall for lots and lots of Black Friday shopping! Confession: this will probably come as a surprise to you, but I am probably the most aggressive person to Black Friday shop with. My sister and I have a tradition each year to shop together because we already know we will get into a fight and then get over it. But this year my sister and her hubby have to get back home early to move into their new home, so mom is bravely going to accompany me to purchase loads of maternity outfits, gender specific baby clothing, Christmas gifts and nursery furniture! I usually hate to shop 364 days of the year, but on Black Friday I become a crazy, laser-focused 4’11” shopper, whipping in and out of stores with a predetermined list of purchases. I don’t stop to browse the window displays, say hi to people I know or go into stores I don’t have on my list. See? Crazy person on a mission. So if you see me at South Park, I apologize in advance!

{Leftovers Printable}


On Saturday we’ll celebrate my dad’s birthday by packing the family up with tons of leftovers {pending availability} and seeing them off on their 8 hour drive back to Florida.

So that’s the plan! I am so excited I can hardly contain myself!




  1. Lauren
    November 21, 2013 / 2:17 pm

    Such a neat idea that you're doing the gender reveal after the meal altogether – how exciting & special!

  2. Jessi Otey
    November 21, 2013 / 2:17 pm

    ummm can my husband and I come? haha! This sounds like it is going to be absolutely fabulous and I must admit I can't wait to see pictures!

  3. Mariel C.
    November 21, 2013 / 2:24 pm

    I can't WAIT to see if it's Beau or Bow!! Also, you should totally use the turkey recipe I posted. It was absolute perfection!! Good luck with everything and have so much fun!

  4. Christina @ This Woman Cooks!
    November 21, 2013 / 2:27 pm

    Okay, are we twins today or what! Except for the being pregnant and shopping on Black Friday part, I wrote a similar post about Thanksgiving today! I'm also decorating with deep red and golds, with a burlap runner, and our parents are also coming for Thanksgiving, from Florida (where in Florida are you from, I grew up in Miami) and we also live in NC. I didn't realize you lived in NC until now! How cool. 🙂 Sounds like you've got everything planned to a T! Can't wait to find out the gender!

  5. Kelsey | Southern in Love
    November 21, 2013 / 2:41 pm

    Everything sounds like so much fun! Your tablescape inspiration is so cute! Can't wait to find out what you're having! I can't even imagine South Park on Black Friday. We were there last Saturday and that was crazy enough for me.

  6. megan
    November 21, 2013 / 2:46 pm

    hahaha I can just picture you with your cute little bump, bee-lining it from store to store, focused and on a mission. 🙂 Will be stalking Instagram next Thursday to see the reveal!! Can't wait!

  7. Leslie
    November 21, 2013 / 3:13 pm

    Aw this all sounds so fun! I also love that you're doing the gender reveal on Thanksgiving, that's so special! 🙂

  8. Caitlin
    November 21, 2013 / 3:14 pm

    I'm so excited for you guys! This is going to be your favorite Thanksgiving ever 🙂

  9. MIssissippi Mrs.
    November 21, 2013 / 3:22 pm

    Oh, this looks great! I can't wait for Thanksgiving either, but my mom still hosts that. Christmas is my baby to handle!

  10. BLovedBoston
    November 21, 2013 / 3:38 pm

    Your Thanksgiving holiday is going to be so special ~ especially this year!! Cannot wait to see how everything turns out!! 🙂 I think I may have to try that corn dip! http://blovedboston.blogspot.com/

  11. Gabby Bladdick
    November 21, 2013 / 3:54 pm

    You holiday sounds like it is going to be so great – I can't wait to hear about the baby gender!

    • Gabby Bladdick
      November 21, 2013 / 7:00 pm

      YOUR* – doh! 🙂

  12. Shayna Yancey
    November 21, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    AAHH! Sounds like such a fun time!! I cannot wait to see how it all turns out, especially the gender reveal!!!

  13. Jess Norden
    November 21, 2013 / 4:16 pm

    That is so exciting to have BOTH sides of your family there!! We always struggle with "choosing" sides. Now that we have a baby, we would prefer that they both come to us, too! 🙂 Have so much fun!

  14. Kali Patterson
    November 21, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    you are going to have the CUTEST Thanksgiving ever. sounds like such a good time! and good luck with your Black Friday Shopping!

  15. Brownie
    November 21, 2013 / 5:44 pm

    One question: knowing you cannot stand chicken do you think you'll be able to hang with turkey? Sounds delish and fun, have a wonderful Thanksgiving – your last one as a family of 3 (mom, dad, doggie).

  16. Katie {Miss Dixie}
    November 21, 2013 / 5:51 pm

    I know your thanksgiving will be beautiful for so many reasons, but I can't wait to see your tablescape! And what better day to do a gender reveal!!!

  17. Mandy
    November 21, 2013 / 6:10 pm

    Love your gender reveal idea! What an awesome way to share with the WHOLE family. Enjoy!

  18. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    November 21, 2013 / 6:23 pm

    You are so lucky to have both sets of family at your house for the holidays! I sure hope once we buy a house this becomes a tradition for us as well!

  19. Jodi
    November 21, 2013 / 6:26 pm

    I love Thanksgiving! It's my favorite holiday! That'll be fun to host. I love hosting but Thanksgiving at my parents is tradition. We just relax which I love! Can't wait to find out what you are having!

  20. Tracy Lyons
    November 21, 2013 / 6:30 pm

    This sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving! Best of luck – I know it's going to be a very special occasion!

  21. Brianne Bracco
    November 21, 2013 / 7:17 pm

    Love the tablescape inspirations cannot wait to see how yours turns out!! And yay for black friday shopping!!! My second favorite holiday! haha And how exciting for the gender reveal!!! Eeeeee!! <—- excited squeal 😉

  22. Jillian Manesh
    November 21, 2013 / 9:03 pm

    hahah i love that you are an aggressive black friday shopper! hilarious. have the BEST thanksgiving and good luck at the stores! xo

  23. meagan @ beautiful things
    November 21, 2013 / 9:15 pm

    have so much fun with your family! can't wait for the gender reveal :)!!!

  24. Meghan
    November 21, 2013 / 11:01 pm

    Wow what an exciting thanksgiving! Hosting and gender reveal… A holiday you will never forget!

  25. Lesa Walker
    November 22, 2013 / 1:54 am

    I can't wait to see the end result of your Thanksgiving tablescape!! I love the inspiration. Ahhhhh! Boy or Girl??!! So exciting!

  26. Jacque Pinol
    November 22, 2013 / 4:46 am

    Looks like its going to be AMAZING!!mamaplusmini.blogspot.com

  27. Sara Elizabeth
    November 22, 2013 / 6:05 am

    I hope it goes perfectly! You've put so much thought into it, I feel like it will be!!!! Love the whole idea!

  28. Emily
    November 22, 2013 / 1:48 pm

    What an amazing sounding Thanksgiving! A gender reveal after dinner is so sweet and special, making a great day even better! I can't wait to see your spread! I love seeing your hosting and decorating skills!!

  29. Paige @ Reasons to Come Home
    November 22, 2013 / 7:46 pm

    Sounds like an amazing Thanksgiving! Can't wait to see pictures of your tablescape.

  30. Lindsey Regan Thorne
    November 25, 2013 / 2:21 pm

    EEEEK!!! This week, hun!!!! I cannot wait for y'all… and look at that sweet ultrasound pic!

  31. Tammy Jo
    November 27, 2013 / 4:25 pm

    OMG!!! Such a cute idea 🙂

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