Since I was "cooking," Flar was in charge of setting the table. He took this to mean ironing the table linens, and reorganizing the entire lower part of the china cabinet. (Later, when he was sitting in the family room, he could tell Critter exactly where to find more napkins for the bread.)
By the time everyone arrived, the kitchen and dining room tables were set, with ice in the water glasses and ice water in the pitchers; with monogram coasters at each place (Scarlett gets a butterfly -- I made them before she was part of the family). The bread was baked, the rolls were baked, the ham was warm in the oven, there was a place for everything. The only turkey on the table was carved from butter (I love buying carved butter for the holiday).
Flar had a side table with coffee setups, and another with the Funky Llama wine (I've forgotten which variety, but I loves me some red, so it was a red) and various liqueurs. Truly's hashbrown casserole was delish, as was Brody's sweet potato crumb souffle; but better was their light hearted recounting of their knife fight during food prep. Scarlett makes a fab coconut-walnut cake, and Tigger's pumpernickel came out heavy but yummy. Critter had thirds or fourths of the cranberry fluff (I said I didn't cook -- but I did mix stuff together: one recipe for cranberry fluff for today, and two recipes of cookie dough to roll out and bake tomorrow). Each of his helpings was bigger than the one before, and yet we still managed to have some leftover.
The kitchen was clean before we ate (which seems unheard of, to me), and it's almost clean now. The china is clean in the dish washer; the rest of the dishes are scraped and waiting their turn.
Now I'm on home duty for Black Friday. I get to stay in my comfy chair, warm and cozy, with the promise to leap out of my chair and spring into duty at a simple phone call. Flar and Critter have already hit up the CompUSA early sale and netted a laptop for Gaucha (whose computer is dying), and a new mouse and display for Flar. Flar dropped Critter in line at Best Buy and came home for Tent, sleeping bags, chairs, a blanket and pillows. He also dug up the best buy coupons and charge card, and Critter's birthday gift card. Meanwhile, I put together a couple of bowls of hot soup, a jug of hot chocolate, and a zip-lock of Tootsie Rolls. Flar thinks my first call will be around 3am, so I'm going to read through the LJ Idol Topic 3 entries.
How was your Thanksgiving?