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My Married Life: What's Your Dream Thanksgiving?

Do you like feeding throngs of friends and fam or playing it super mellow?

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, I've been all over the map. I've had all-day parties, where I cooked, baked and brined for upwards of 20 drop-in pals, and I've had the ultimate New York-style Turkey Day (think: every item served was premade and delivered by FreshDirect) at a best friend's pad. This year, Jack and I are sharing Thanksgiving with one of our favorite couples in upstate New York. My girlfriend and I (who, let's face it, are the ones doing the doing and not just the eating) have agreed to keep it super small (think: seven dishes -- including starters) so that we can focus on quality and presentation. For me, the presentation part is a totally new concept. I usually make about a billion dishes, which crowd the table and are finished (and therefore, presented) in unpredictable, chaotic order. Not that there's anything wrong with that. In fact, I've always loved doing T-Day dinner that way. But this time, I want to try something new and actually pay attention to the presentation too. I'm making a cool floral arrangement, doing a whole Eddie Ross-style table setting with a set of cool transferware plates that I've never used (yes, I am one of those nerdy weirdos with five different sets of vintage china). But I'm really looking forward to how calm and mellow I think the day will be. Obviously, everyone and their dog is planning their Thanksgiving dinner right now. The girls on The Nest were even talking about what the hell they are going to wear! So how about you guys? Are you doing anything different this year? Tell me your favorite Thanksgiving, "thing," whether it’s a dish you always make or something hokey, like "I just love that we are all going to be together." Come on! We'll all cheese out together. PS: My favorite TG thing(s)? Apple pie and Jack. (Total tie.)

-- Holly