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Thanksgiving Dinner (what time?)

I am having people over for Thanksgiving Dinner.. what TIME should dinner be on the table?

I was thinking 5pm, but my mom just told me 2pm???

Help me out ladies.

Re: Thanksgiving Dinner (what time?)

  • It really depends on your preference. I'm serving dinner at 3, because I like to enjoy spending time with everyone, clean up after everyone leaves, and still be done by a reasonable hour. Also, that way I don't feel the need to eat lunch. I usually make homemade cinnamon rolls in the morning and that holds everyone until dinner. 
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  • I hate doing the super early dinner. Our holidays are so relaxed we normally eat around 6 or 7, so later than usual. I'm with you, go for a later dinner. PLUS, if you're dealing with anyone who has to visit multiple families that day, the later time will probably make things a little easier for them.
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  • We usually have dinner early.. about 3pm.. we just like getting up early and cooking, and having everything ready. After dinner we just realx and eat desserts at around 5
  • image MrsOjoButtons:
    I hate doing the super early dinner. Our holidays are so relaxed we normally eat around 6 or 7, so later than usual. I'm with you, go for a later dinner. PLUS, if you're dealing with anyone who has to visit multiple families that day, the later time will probably make things a little easier for them.

    I am relieved to hear this, since I will be there, watching football on your television.

    I agree that 5 is a good time. 

    I've seen a lot of military surprise homecomings. It wouldn't work on me. I always have my back to the corner and my face to the door. Looking for terrorists, criminals, various other threats, and husbands.
  • Back at my family's, we usually eat around 3 or 4. Just because it's tradition to go see a movie with everyone afterwards. So it gives us time to stuff our faces then go see a movie. Then we come back and eat some pie!! 

    This year, we are having T's family over for Thanksgiving, I don't know what time we'll be doing it but we're celebrating it on Saturday instead of Thursday because of T's work schedule.  

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  • Ooh, Ojo, can we see a movie?
    I've seen a lot of military surprise homecomings. It wouldn't work on me. I always have my back to the corner and my face to the door. Looking for terrorists, criminals, various other threats, and husbands.
  • image WishIcouldbeinthe'stan:
    Ooh, Ojo, can we see a movie?

    hey, you - no hijackin! just kidding...

    I think I will have the "party" start at 3 with starters beginning at 4pm and dinner (Turkey) on the table at 5pm.

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    My parents usually eat around 6:00, but I actually prefer an earlier dinner (like 2:00) so I can pick at the leftovers for the rest of the day.  I'm totally deferring to their schedule this year, though, even though I'm hosting since I'll either be just barely home with a newborn, in the hospital, or very overdue and cranky.
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  • image ARMYmarriedNAVY:

    image WishIcouldbeinthe'stan:
    Ooh, Ojo, can we see a movie?

    hey, you - no hijackin! just kidding...

    I think I will have the "party" start at 3 with starters beginning at 4pm and dinner (Turkey) on the table at 5pm.

    I was hoping Toy Story 3 would be on disc by then.

    AMN, I like your plan. If you are serving wine or drinks, you could do a little happy hour with your appetizers.
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  • We're hosting this year as well.  I'd like to have dinner on the table by 4-4:30 this way people can relax between dinner and dessert.
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  • We're eating around 6, but it's just us and a close friend this year. I like your idea about appetizers and such, it sounds like a nice event!
  • I usually serve dinner at 430/5. But since A will be gone and my parents are flying in that day to visit with me it won't be until about 515 since their flight gets in at 420 pm. I like to relax and hang out with everyone between dinner and dessert so I like it alittle early.
  • My family always does Thanksgiving at noon.  We eat together, clean everything up, and then visit until it is time to eat dinner.  Then we eat the leftovers together and head home.

    I think this year we will be doing Thanksgiving the day before because of my mom's work schedule.  

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  • We usually have some sort of snacks/appetizers around 2, and start dinner between 4 and 5.
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  • I hate when people serve the dinner at 2 or 3.  It completely kills the schedule for the kids.  They usually eat around 1230.  I have to feed them something then.  They aren't ready to eat a big meal again when 2 or 3 rolls around.  They'll eat a snack size meal and then want dinner around 6 or 7.  Pick a dang meal: lunch or dinner.  Don't do something in between and screw the kids up.  It's not cool.

    AMN, I think your plan sounds good.

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