My "Almost Annual Thanksgiving Dinner"

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A few years ago I started entertaining and my events would get bigger and bigger to the point where I had no time to talk to half my guests. After a while I felt like I had no time to actually enjoy my own event so I got help in some of the cooking to alleviate that. Even then, I felt like I was seeing the same group of people (albeit wonderful people) and it sort of lost its charm because I felt this obligation to invite people for the sake of inviting them but had no space or opportunity to get to know new ones. I took a year off from entertaining after I moved but starting grad school gave me this renewed sense of energy and well, I guess ambition again to entertain a large crowd. I changed things up this time and invited people that I had met in the past year or as recently the past month that I really had an interest in and wanted to get to know better. Of course there were still old friends there as well but I really made it a point to have a good mix of new and old friends. My sisters, my friend Lucas and my dear friend Jenny helped me so much with prep, decorating and cooking that I doubt I could have pulled it off without their help so I was thankful for them. I was also pretty thankful for the great company I had that night. Everyone was cheerful, chatty, and open to meeting one another which I think made for a spectacular night. So thanks everyone for coming and here’s to next year!

Some photos of the event below: 

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The beautiful table and decorations that Jenny laid out.

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Inside the photobooth my friend Sabine brought through her company Look n’ Smile 

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Some of the photos that came as a result

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I’m not sure what Jess, Andrew and Rachelle were talking about but they seemed to be pretty into their story

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Me, my dad, and my MA supervisor Bob.

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Simon and Shelly, my former co-workers.

The rest of the photos are on Flickr here: 

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