It ONLY took me four (4) years for the lightbulb to go off. Apparently, When in Macau, one should celebrate Thanksgiving on the Saturday following the 4th Thursday of November.
Another American Mum had to tell me the secret on the soccer field to help me flesh out my expat holiday malaise. I share a picture of the Soccer Field, that day, just to show that even in China many things look the same. Just not Thanksgiving...
For starters, on Thanksgiving, our husbands work AND our children are at school. No wonder all the Pilgrim magic was disappearing for me. There's ZERO fun in slaving away alone at home, all damn day, for such a BIG meal.
So this year, we finally did it right & invited Melanie & Lain over for an ALL-Day Affair.
Melanie is a doll. And Lain super helpful. Here he is playing bartender.
Cognac, a spoonful of sugar & champagne is a great way to start any party.
Both, Melanie & Lain, are real treasures! I was most appreciative that they kept our son occupied, playing games while my husband & I, we busied ourselves in the kitchen.
To boot they helped cook and played photog!? Lain took this one, below. <Insert grin> I never get in any holiday photos.
It was a great day but for the sake of this blog, the most fun, beyond the company of course if you are listening Melanie & Lain, came from all the preparations! The theme came from this cork wreath that I pinned. I share the picture and this link.
As an expat with Western ideals in Macau (China) one quickly learns that, because we are an island, one has to make compromises in order to be 'happy'. Note to reader: Hong Kong is a mere one (1) hour ferry ride away but I couldn’t find a Styrofoam wreath larger then six (6) inches there either!? <insert sigh> I so wanted to hang a cork wreath on our door.
That said, I was content with this cork solution that I came up with.
Our favourite bar, Macau Soul, that only serves Portuguese wine supplied the corks. It didn't occur to me until now then that all the corks were Portuguese. ...in honour of Christopher Columbus, of course. <insert another lightbulb>
Gather I should have served Portuguese wine!? We really enjoy the plethora of Portuguese wine here, so much so that I am at a loss as to what America wines we should buy anymore. The struggle is real during the Summer when we are visiting friends & family.
The digital invite and consequential graphics were inspired by this Pin:
My menu is below. As a SAHM, with a son in School I have a lot of time on my hands and I think a menu, on the right occasion, gives a nice finishing touch. It's a great way for a Party Planner to indulge.
You'll note that I put my own spin on the invite graphic:
Not bad right?!
This Thanksgiving, in question, the menu was only for the fridge. I'm a planner so I knew ahead of time that I may need an albeit pretty list of to do’s to ensure that after a few glasses of celebratory bubbly we wouldn’t forget. Did I mention that the champagne cocktail is to die for?
(Note to reader: It's a BBC recipe.)
My husband worked with me on the details of the menu, as he usually does. I am very grateful for that! I think I mention in my Bio here that I adore a good collaboration.
His mother, a fabulous practically Jain* chef, taught him to cook as a child and he has a superb palette! As a parent I have to wonder which came first.
(Note to self: add to your gratitude jar, already, that you are very thankful that your mother-in-law managed to domesticate her second son. He, Rahul, is most comfortable in the Kitchen.)
In the end here are some more pictures of our fabulous feast. Every detail counts when making a party! I like the colours in the photo below. It was a healthy & nutritious meal to boot.
You can imagine, dinner made us strong but we were all acting pretty foolish when it came time for the Chocolate Carmel Walnut Pie & spiked Pumpkin Latte's. As you can see here. Below are Melanie and my, very debonair, turkey day superhero's!
It was a good day. We ALL did good! Thank you Melanie & Lain. AND the Mum on the Soccer field. The host was very pleased.
That said, I knew I would be so, I leave you with one final finishing touch. Inside the gift bags were his & her eye pillows for a much deserved Thanksgiving nap and other small toiletries.