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This year, I wasn’t able to make it home for Thanksgiving and since I’m still fairly new to Atlanta, I was worried one of my favorite holidays was going to be a total bust. But it turns out I’m not the only young adult who couldn’t spend Thanksgiving with family. I knew I could count on my cutie, Johnny, to feast with me but lucky for me, two of my blogging besties, Danasia of The Urban Realist and Lindsay of That Working Girl, were both going to be in town (and hungry) this year. So I invited them both over, Danasia with her man (David, of Nakota) and friend Eugene in tow.
I spent the whole day cooking, decorating, and preparing for my guests to arrive. I didn’t realize until the last minute how much work it takes to host a small dinner. (I share some tips I learned with Nellie Magazine, coming soon!) Luckily, Budweiser was nice enough to send me a twelve-pack of seasonal brews, tasting glasses, a beautiful slate chalkboard and some lovely linen coasters–half of my work was done already. For everything else, I headed over to my new favorite store: The Dollar Tree. It’s amazing how many things you can get there! (Check Nellie Mag for my under $5 decorating tips too!)
As my guests arrived, we began the afternoon with the Budweiser Project 12 Special Edition Brews. Everyone was surprised that Budweiser made this type of beer; and they were even more surprised by the taste. The crowd favorite was definitely the Vanilla Bouron Cask flavor. It sounds odd, but it tastes oh so yummy!
After I got everyone drunk enough to enjoy my food (just kidding, I’m an effing amazing cook), it was time to serve dinner. I made macaroni and cheese, a broccoli casserole, and mashed potatoes. Danasia brought some meat for the non-vegetarians, as well as some delicious curry green beans, which were incredible!
Overall, we really had a great time and I’m glad we were able to spend the holiday together. I love my family, but I think the old saying is true: Friends are the family you choose.
What did you do for Thanksgiving? Have you ever had a Friendsgiving instead?
All photos by Johnny Cheng Photography