The holiday season is here, which makes being an ex-pat a little more difficult. Without family and friends nearby to celebrate with, Thanksgiving and Christmas can be a bit sad. So the best thing to do is plan a big party!
There are quite a few ex-pats here in town, working for The Company, so I checked around to see if anyone would be interested in having a big American Thanksgiving and renting out a place to do it. The response was overwhelming. We ended up having about 50 people, including a lot of the American ex-pats and some people of other nationalities who got to experience our traditions. We had a ton of food, including 4 turkeys, and the location we rented was lovely. It all went off without a hitch, and everyone was glad to have the chance to get together and celebrate. There’s already talk of renting the space out again next year for a Fourth of July party, when we’ll be able to take advantage of the good weather and abundance of sunshine to enjoy the large yard included in the rental!
Did I mention yet how much food there was? We kept having to add tables and move the dessert table down (then add a table to that) because there was so much food! We had pretty much all the standard fare – besides the turkeys, there was mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, stuffing, pumpkin pie, deviled eggs…the list goes on and on.
It was great to get together with new friends and celebrate Thanksgiving in a big, traditional, ex-pat way!
I’ll be blogging about the Thanksgiving Kitchen Challenge soon, so stay tuned!