If you’ve never hosted a Thanksgiving
dinner before, there are plenty of good reasons to give it a go. First
is your karmic debt; you’ve certainly eaten your share of holiday
turkey by now. Then there's the elimination of the classic couples’ quandary: “Whose
family do we eat with this year?” Invite both sets of folks to
your place. Finally, having your own Thanksgiving dinner is fun! You
could even host a pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving with friends before everyone
heads off to the airport.
Never cooked a turkey before? That huge, oven-filling beast may look
intimidating, but don’t worry -- just think of it as an overgrown
chicken. But what about the trimmings? No problem. Just stick to the
basics and farm out the rest of the tasks to your guests. Ask Aunt Susie
to make her famous green bean casserole, have another guest make the
pumpkin pie recipe on the back of the Libby’s can (or pick one
up at the bakery), and so on. Most guests won’t mind pitching in
a little if you handle the big stuff.