Our family is so ridiculously big. Our parents and our aunts and uncles had a lot of kids, and now that generation (which is also mine) is having kids. Some already have older kids like tweens and teens, while most have babies, toddlers, and small children. I could not even give you a number if I tried.
So instead of trying to see so many sets of families on one day, we made a decision to basically have a Christmas party/Thanksgiving meal to cover all bases. On the actual holiday, it would be just immediate family: parents, children, siblings. And if they had to visit with a significant other’s family, then it made even more sense.
We also made sure to plan a big family party in the summer, so that we had one big one around the holidays, and one big one when we really had no other reason to have a get-together. We figured it was a good way for everyone to get together and hang out, not just playing catch up in passing.
Everyone tends to bring something, but my cousin and I take on the bulk of the work. She was the one who first introduced me to the idea of using a food processor to do most of the work for me. She suggested I buy one from KitchenWorksInc, so I looked into it and ended up ordering a Cuisinart DFP-14BCWNY Food Processor. Hands down the best decision I’ve made regarding my kitchen.
My cousin and I got most of the little stuff done about 2 days prior to the big party. Mostly salad dressings, marinades, and anything else we could freeze for a couple of days.
We worked over the next couple of days to get everything else done. Having 2 food processors side by side was amazing. It really made everything such a breeze. I can’t imagine how exhausted we would be if we had to do everything by hand.
It’s always a little nerve-wracking when you’re expecting a big shindig like this, but we try to keep our cool so that we don’t mess anything up. Plus, we figure if we do make any mistakes, chances are we’re the only ones who will notice.
When the day came, we were all set and ready. There were so many people in and out all day long, but the food was all a great success. We received a lot of compliments on our main dishes. I’m so thankful because I honestly don’t think we could handle it without using the 2 food processors.