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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2018 07:40:41 PM »

We are hosting some dear friends on Thanksgiving Day.  Ham will be the main course.  They bring a delicious pumpkin roll.  Nothing else on the menu matters lol.
The following day, we are hosting 6 relatives along with our brood of 4.  Smoked turkey will be served.  

Side courses for both dinners will be from the usual list of dishes.  Mashed potatoes and gravy are a must.  DH likes corn; others prefer the french green bean casserole.  I love sweet potatoes but not crazy about marshmallow, so mine will have the topping scraped off.   Collard greens, dressing, canned biscuits, black olives (a must), Vlasic kosher dill pickles (DH's fav), apple pie this year.

We have found it easier to serve things buffet style instead of having platters on the dining table.  Folks load their plates in the kitchen, and the food stays warm on the counter and stove.

What do you all think about using paper plates for holiday dinners?  I have mixed feelings.  Growing up, we used my mother's good china for special occasions and holidays, especially when hosting company.  It honors the dinner guests to put forth the "best."  However, fancy tableware isn't the reason for gathering.   DH's family has used paper plates and we started doing it.  I do appreciate not having to wash so many dishes.
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« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2018 05:27:24 AM »

I have done both. For small groups I use the good china but for large groups my mom used paper plates. She didn't want to spend hours washing dishes. May be a mixture of both. Dinner use paper and dessert use china
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« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2018 07:27:00 AM »

I know I posted a reply to this yesterday but it's not here. I went looking and found it in another topic, haha. That's what I get for posting from a cell phone.

I love the idea of using paper plates. Some of them have fancy edges or pair w seasonal paper napkins to dress it up. The food & the company are the feature after all.
And also, now I'm hungry!
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« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2018 08:06:54 PM »

We used paper plates for dinner and dessert, plus dinner the next day ... until the leftovers disappeared or we ran out of plates lol.  I look forward to using paper plates in the future.  Disposables definitely make gatherings less stressful.  I much prefer spending time with loved ones instead of with the dirty dishes.
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