For December's fearless moment, I made a turkey dinner for Friendsmas. Since I live 3,000 miles away from home, it's not always easy going west during the holidays. Last year I began to invite friends over for Friendsmas. Instead of ordering Chinese food like last year, I opted to make a turkey dinner. I had my friends bring side dishes, but I took care of the turkey and mashed potatoes.

I was kind of nervous to make a turkey - although I figured it couldn't be too hard - you just need to put it in the oven and let it cook, right? I was nervous about the turkey being dry or it not be ready in time. I was also worried about making dinner for so many people. I was feeding seven people, including myself, which is the largest dinner party I've ever served.

bri rinehart; turkey; christmas
bri rinehart; christmas; turkey

After pestering my mom for tips and searching Pinterest for ideas, I had a little game plan of how I was going to make my turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. On Christmas day, I prepped my turkey, placed it in the oven and let it cook during the afternoon. I chopped my potatoes and put them in the crock pot and waited until everything was done to make my gravy. I was originally going to make gravy from the turkey drippings, but wasn't sure what the best way was to get the drippings out without a turkey baster {one thing I forgot to buy!}, so I made turkey with chicken broth that I had on hand.

friendsmas; christmas dinner; bri rinehart

Once everything was ready, I set out the food and cut the turkey for everyone to have a taste. Everyone loved the turkey. I thought it came out great. The mashed potatoes were a little lumpy for my liking, but now I know they need to be in the crockpot for a longer period of time. The gravy also came out great - coming from someone who is not a huge gravy fan!

sugar cookies; bri rinehart; christmas
bri rinehart; cookies; christmas
bri rinehart; christmas cocktail; cards against humanity

A Christmas tradition growing up was making sugar cookies. Normally we would make them on Christmas Eve, but I ran out of time that day, so I made them Christmas morning. It was my first time making them from scratch. I also made the frosting from scratch - everything is better when it's homemade, right? The cookies came out great. I couldn't stop eating them. I also made a Christmas cocktail for the party, which turned out quite well!

My first large dinner party went well, maybe I'll host another one this year...