Before the turkey went in the oven it had to come out of the brine, get rinsed, and the butter stuffed under the skin.
As for dinner, Jennifer & Courtney, Sarah, Nicholas, & Soren, Shawn, Wim & Mia, and Hester, Dagmar, & Hester's Mom all came. Everyone brought a dish, making it a potluck. We provided the turkey, gravy, & carrots. It was brined turkey with herbed butter & pinot noir gravy. Very yummy. Jennifer & Courtney brought cheesy scalloped potatoes, Sarah & Nicholas brought a pumpkin mousse pie (which Sarah made GF so I could eat it!). Shawn & Win brought brussel sprouts and parsnip & squash. Hester brought traditional dutch apple pie. Dagmar made figs stewed in wine, and they also brought a salad. So delicious! Shawn & Mia also did some baking which they brought for dessert. All in all, a great night.
We had to rent a table and chairs in order to seat everyone. I also got little favours to put at each person's spot. Naturally we had Christmas crackers too, although they had to be opened while I walked the dog.