Lots of desserts
Delicious side dishes
Too many desserts
Much too many desserts
More food than one could imagine out of a NYC kitchen
More people than you’d usually fit in a 1-bedroom apartment
5 Years of Thanksgiving with Friends
Five years ago, in what started out as a “dinner club” with two other couples, Matt and I hosted our first mock Thanksgiving dinner with friends. Four friends came to Matt’s apartment at the time for a turkey, sweet potato casserole, and some other dishes that aren’t memorable enough to stand out in my mind. It was a fun night and such a success that in the years that followed, our intimate dinner party of six has turned into an annual event with almost twenty friends. It gives us an opportunity to be in the kitchen together, share an evening with many of our closest friends, and show them how thankful we are for them through delicious food.
This year’s dinner was so much fun and full of many tasty traditional and non-traditional Thanksgiving dishes: Turkey, Brisket, Turkey Meatloaf, Salad, String Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole, Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Parmesan, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce and Pumpkin Bread/Muffins
And of course, as you surely already know, lots of desserts
Cookie sandwiches: Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches with White Chocolate Buttercream, Chocolate Chip Cookies with Mocha Ganache and Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Filling
Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake bars
Cookie Dough Topped Brownies
Chocolate Chunk Almond Butter Bars
Brownies with White Chocolate Buttercream and Mocha Ganache
I am excited about the recipes I have to share from the dinner party over the next few weeks! There are definitely some new desserts that I know I’ll be making again
What is your favorite Thanksgiving-related tradition?
Your desserts look amazing! It sounds like a fun tradition. I stumbled upon your blog and photos and had to comment.
thank you so much!
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love turkey, cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes! I want to come to a Thanksgiving! Maybe next year!! I think it is worth the airfare :)
You all are so cute! And what a fun tradition with friends too. I’m already getting hungry looking at the pictures!
I don’t think that there is such a thing as “too many desserts”!
My favorite tradition is playing a board game with my family after the big meal. I’m a couple thousand miles away from them this year, though, so my husband and I will have to carry on the tradition ourselves!
so glad you can also appreciate an abundance of desserts:-) board games sounds like a great way to relax after the big meal, fun!
What a fun tradition! This is so cool that you do this. Love all the desserts! :)
What a great tradition! I started making a mini-Thanksgiving dinner for my husband and me a couple weeks before the official day. We spend most of the day in the car traveling to both of our families – this way we get a great, relaxing Thanksgiving at home too! This year we invited another couple and it was a great night. It’s definitely a tradition that will stick!
that is such a great idea! so nice that you get to see both families on thanksgiving, i would love if ours were closer to one another.
OH yum, that looks delicious!!
These are such great photos and recipes to compliment them, Lauren! Thanks for sharing, and here’s hoping you and your family have a happy Thanksgiving full of love and laughter! :)
Thanks, Georgia! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!
pumpkin chocolate cheesecake bars oh my word you`ve won my heart lol. Looks like you always have an amazing Thanksgiving filled with so many delicious foods.
thanks! i’ll be posting the recipes for those bars soon:-)
How good do all those desserts look? Absolutely fantastic.
Wow, you had the most amazing spread there! But I think I would really like the pumpkin chocolate gingersnap cheesecake thingys too. Such a lovely but unexpected combo.