This year Cara will be home (she lives in Greensboro). Jo is staying in Cleveland...to avoid traveling and to spend time with friends and family there. All of the Bott's...Karen & Alan, Victoria & Alex (they are also Cara's and Jo's bestfriends for all of their lives)...and Vic is bringing Ben (he has no idea what he is getting into). My brother, Dick, and niece, Rachel, are coming...and Tyrone and maybe Tyree will be here. Cara has also invited a friend...so somewhere between 11 and 13...I think...it doesn't matter.
I do most of the cooking, but the Bott's bring dessert...which will be pies from SweetiePies Brooklyn (which is actually Victoria...she's so talented). They also bring the jello shots...you just wouldn't believe the jello shots. They are amazing and fun.
There will also be fun cocktails, snacks, turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans cooked some way, and usually spinach-artichoke casserole but we may change that this year. We also have Wendy's (that's my mother-in-law) brandied cranberries. I will start cooking on Sunday...a little at a time...and will have almost everything done..except the turkey, of course, by Wednesday night.
The centerpiece is done. Now if I can just keep Bill from moving it during dinner. He wants to be able to see the person across the table from him...and he's not tall enough to see over it :).
Maybe I'll share some of the preparations this weekend and next week!