The night before gave us a beautiful sunset as Dave worked late into the night setting up Turkey Trot stuff and Claire, Lu and I worked getting the tables ready. We found this idea on Pinterest:
Thank you Daltons!
Claire helped me iron every napkin:
Grace brought over all the chairs from the neighbor's.
...and Lu traced her hand over and over for the nametags for all the kids.
My mother-in-law graciously offered to do BOTH turkeys and the stuffing. She is dreamy and I adore her. Papa helped too and those suckers sure were tasty!
The elementary school table went from this:
...to this, all filled up with cute kids :)
We have six little boys who sat here:
The teenagers sat out on the porch:
And the 18 adults sat in here:
The kids put together their turkeys and the teenagers and adults each had a leaf to write one most grateful thing on:
Somehow it has become sort of a tradition to put up a backdrop and take pictures after the big meal.
We combined with Dave's mom's brother's family for dessert...he's on the left below...his wife in the middle. Love them and all their kids who joined us.
With them the party went from 52 to 81.
I wasn't smart enough (or brave enough) to try to take a picture of everyone, but here are a few stragglers at the end:
...and the remains of the "thankful table."