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Thanksgiving 2015

So, you know when you host your first Thanksgiving dinner, and you invite EVERYONE!! No, no, no – don’t do that!! In South Africa we (obviously) don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. So this being our third year in Canada and all, I thought it was high time I get my turn to entertain and host a dinner party!

Who did we invite? Everyone that we have made good friends with over the last couple of years. Yes, I invited 22 people. When you invite that many people you rely on the few couples that would already have other plans. Never ever ever is everyone able to join. But oh no – not in this case. 22 people invited – 20 attended.

Do you know how crazy that is? No pressure. I have never roasted a turkey before (and I absolutely underestimated the size of these yummy birds!). Luckily, I asked everyone to bring along a side dish. Phew, that made such a big difference. Between appetizers, dessert, setting the table (thanks to my hubby for building the tables), punches, roasting two turkeys and getting myself ready…. Oh man. I was super dooper tired that evening.

But I did enjoy it! And I do hope that everyone else enjoyed it as well. It certainly was a house full of people, but I loved it. The food turned out great!! The turkey was super delicious – and things were SO crazy that I didn’t get a shot of the turkey after it was taken out of the oven – they were beautiful!! You’ll have to trust me!

Although it was fun… (And I did learn a couple of things… of course), I will not be hosting that big a gathering again any time soon. Just too much to coordinate. Next time I’ll stick to the amount of people that I personally have cutlery for!!

Here are a couple of shots from the start of the prep work… up to the delicious food on the table!
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Paint Nite fun with Friends

When I first heard my friend’s idea to have a couple of us participate in a Paint Nite event for her birthday celebrations, I did not quite know what to expect. I think it is safe to say that all of us were slightly nervous about this whole artistic endeavour. Regardless of the nerves, it was an exciting event and we all set out to paint the masterpiece of all pieces. Here is a link to the website where you can book your spot (opens in new window): Paint Nite

What is Paint Nite?

A fabulous concept of a group of people meeting at a pub for drinks, socializing and expressing your more creative side. This is a two hour event, with an artist guiding you through the painting in a step-by-step procedure. You are never left to wonder about how to go about this picture. It is such a fun approach, no stress, all fun! …. And you get to keep your artwork! 😀

Here is the picture that we had to re-create at our event!

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And here are our end results (you won’t believe how difficult it was to do that simple boat!!) 😀

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Where does Paint Nite take place?

Paint Nite’s are hosted all over the world, including locations in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Argentina, United Kingdom and Australia. In Canada (might be true in other countries as well), there is a groupon available as well. And after the session you get a discount code for future sessions!

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I highly recommend this for everyone – we had sooooo much fun!! All of us are planning to do this again sometime (I also plan to take my husband for a session soon…. tsk tsk!). 🙂 Let me know if you have been what your experience was, or better yet, send me a couple of your photos!! And if you haven’t been yet, go GO GO!!! 😀