5 Tips For a Fun Thanksgiving Gathering

This is not a drill, people. We are less than one week away from Thanksgiving! Some of you may be headed to a traditional family gathering. While others of you may opt for a celebration with your friends – Friendsgiving. There may even be you  greedy lucky few, that fill their bellies at both occasions. Whether you’re having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or planning a Friendsgiving, I’ve got some tips for a fantastic holiday gathering.


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1. Don’t waste your life away in the kitchen.

It can get easy to get stuck in the kitchen as your friends play or our family gathers around the TV. You can make a few items in advance and still get stuck in the kitchen preparing food. Here’s my solution: share the responsibility. As the host, you can’t get out of making the turkey, but you can relieve yourself of some of the work by letting guests contribute a few sides and desserts. My parents are driving up to Atlanta, so I’m not making them bring anything. However, my pops always brings extra sweet potatoes for pies and will grab drinks,napkins, aluminum foil and plastic bags upon arrival.  Honestly, I think she still fully doesn’t trust me with the turkey so she supervises with that as her contribution. 

Feel free to ask your guests what they’d like to contribute or assign them a dish. This is important because you don’t want too many of the same dish or someone to feel bad when no one touches their cornbread dressing.  Note, not everyone can make the macaroni and cheese. And Ms. “All I eat is zucchini noodles” probably shouldn’t be attempting to touch the greens. Like if  you don’t know what hamhock is — DON’T DO IT! Also, if you’re a guest and can’t cook, maybe just pick up drinks or one of Miss Patti’s Pies. 


Apologies for the language, but this video is still funny to me two years later.

2. Play a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade drinking game

Maybe save this one for Friendsgiving, but if your family likes to throw a few back I say go for it. Lay out the rules, and then get ready to do some pre-dinner drinking.  You could also watch  “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”. Take two sips (or a shot) every time Peppermint Patty invites someone to to Charlie’s dinner, or when she yells. Or just drink – that’s fine.

3. Remember what you’re thankful for.

Take time to go around the table with your friends or family and share what you’re thankful for this year. Your gathering should be about reconnecting and catching up over a great meal.  

4. Have a signature drink.

You could just go with the basics: wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages on hand, but consider  having a  signature drink. A signature drink is a nice way to add something special and seasonal to the mix. Check out Ace’s fall cocktails for some ideas.

5. Break Culinary Traditions

My second year in ATL (me thinks) Ace and I had a two person Friendsgiving. Sure, I made sweet potato pies, but there was no way I was cooking a turkey for two,  so we broke tradition and made some bomb Turkey Tacos with Cranberry Salsa and a Thanksgiving sides cake. Still one of my favorite meals – EVER! P.S. We subbed out out their spinach layer for greens. 

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What are some of your tips for a fun Thanksgiving gathering? Leave your comments below!

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Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? (2016 Edition) - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comWe’re grateful to be able to share another Thanksgiving holiday with our readers! As usual, we’re still grateful for family, friends and wine. Last year, we made a list of people, dead or alive, who we wanted to invite to Thanksgiving dinner. This year, we’re keeping it more on the alive side.

First and foremost, we have to invite President Barack Obama and our slayful First Lady, Michelle Obama. It’s  our last Thanksgiving with them, and we’re in our feelings about it.


Solange. I’m gladly giving Solange a seat at the table. While I’m not opposed to Beyoncé being her +1, I just have to talk the woman behind one of my newest, favorite albums. We’re all “adults” here, so I’m going to admit to being jealous of Solange when growing up. She was the star I thought I would be, which is one reason why admire the hard work and soul she put into A Seat at the Table.

Sarah Paulson. Yes, there are American Horror Story questions for her to answer. However, I need to hear her cover Salt & Pepa’s “Shoop”.
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Luvvie Ayaji. Her writing style, technology skills and philanthropy accomplishments are #RealLifeGoals. Confession: a few years ago I emailed Luvvie about being her assistant. We set up an interview and then life happened. I didn’t try too hard to chase the opportunity, and allowed personal issues to get in my way. Our paths will cross soon, but until then, I’ll continue to cackle at her commentary on current events and television shows.


Donni’s Dinner Guests

Along with the POTUS and FLOTUS, I really would love to share dinner with the Joe and Jill Biden. I’m unashamed about the following fact: I love Joe Biden. I’ve had a “Cup of Joe” mug with his face on it since 2008. Before everyone was going crazy over sexy young Joe Biden and sharing the Biden memes I’ve had a slightly unhealthy  obsession with him and Dr. Jill. They are my favorites!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – I don’t think they’ve been officially seen them together, but their relationship was confirmed earlier this month by when Prince Harry issued an official statement blasting all the social media trolls harassing his girlfriend with racist comments.  Meghan is an actress on Suits, but is also an activist and lifestyle blogger. Markle was spotted going in and out of Harry’s place at the back of Kensington Palace wearing his baseball cap and carrying groceries from Whole Foods. You know just casually bringing in groceries into the palace. Love her. Here’s a excerpt from an essay she just penned:

“With fame comes opportunity, but it also includes responsibility — to advocate and share, to focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings. And, if I’m lucky enough, to inspire”.

So I want to hear their story and any wedding plans already in the works. Move over Princess Kate! (although, I love her too.)

Ava Duvernay – I love this everything about this woman and if she wants to bring Oprah as a plus one – I’m completely okay with that. Ava killed it this year with Queen Sugar and her documentary 13th. She’s currently in production on Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” that has made her the first black woman to direct a movie with a budget of more than $100 million. Yass queen. I just want to sip a holiday cocktail with her and pick her brain.

Val Chmerkovskiy – Why do I want to share a meal with Val….

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Plus, he’s basically a sweet teddy bear. I love him on Dancing With the Stars, but this season with Laurie – who is the most precious thing ever- has been awesome to watch.


Who would you invite to your holiday dinner?


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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Thanksgiving Edition)

Thanksgiving is almost here! The best day of the year for families to come together with overeating, football, naps and wine…lots of wine. We’re grateful for the friends and family we have in our lives to spend the holidays with, but we couldn’t help to think about what dinner would be like with icons and celebrities.

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Let me start by letting you know that as much as I love Beyoncé, I wouldn’t invite her to Thanksgiving. Mainly because I would ignore everyone else, and it would turn into a show-and-tell/private concert. Let me also point out that I’ve shared 2 Thanksgivings with Donni–so she didn’t make the cut on this list. 🙂

Maya Angelou: Bless her soul. She’s somewhere between the nosy aunt and the grandma who always has your back. I know I’m not judging a book by its cover when I say she looks like she has a few good stories to tell, because “Letter to My Daughter” and “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” are proof! Other than the fact that Maya Angelou looks like she could make a mean potato salad, she seems like the perfect person to drop knowledge at the dinner table. She’s like the one family member that could ask, “How’s life going?” and I wouldn’t have to sugar-coat it. I would tell her every little detail hoping she would recite “Still I Rise” or “Phenomenal Woman”.
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Oprah Winfrey: Why would you not invite Oprah? She gives amazing presents and advice. With less than 2 months left in the year, I’d have a few glasses of wine and talk to Auntie O about my goals and past mistakes. Plus she might be the only person to not ask, “When are you going to have babies?” or “You planning on getting married soon?” Please just pass the stuffing and keep it moving!
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Robert Downey Jr. (more specifically Tony Stark): If RDJ is anything like his character in Iron Man, I’d be laughing the entire time. He’s the uncle who talks trash regardless if he’s sober or drunk.
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Tessa Thompson: I really don’t know much about Tessa, and that’s why I’d want to have dinner with her. I’m a fan of Mississippi Damned and Dear White People, and would love to hear what it was like for her to play those roles. Tessa is like the conscious cousin who side-eyes me for drinking all the wine, but doesn’t judge. She also seems like the type to drop all the gems on the current events. The type of gems that make dope Instagram captions and Tweets.
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Jennifer Lawrence: To be honest, I just need someone to be drunker than I am on Thanksgiving. J.Law seems like she’s the perfect candidate.
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I’m so indecisive, so my “guest list” changed no less than ten times. So obviously I’m going to invite Ace because duh! Also my unofficial invitation goes to Michael Voltaggio, season six Top Chef winner, who will also be cooking the feast.

Zendaya – Yes, the 19-year-old Disney channel star would get the first invitation to my Thanksgiving dinner. I love her! This girl is wise beyond her years and such a good role model. Do you remember her response to Giuliana Rancic’s offensive comment about her hair or what about when the internet trolls called her parents ugly. Most recently took to Instagram to call out Modeliste magazine for retouching photos in her cover story shoot. Yasss for more messages about positive body image.  On top of all that her style is amazing. We may not wear the same size, but I feel like once we become besties at dinner she’ll hook me up. Also, homegirl is sassy and makes the best faces so I’m sure we’ll lowkey laugh at the guest who gets too drunk at my dinner (ahem, Ace)!

Leonardo Dicaprio – I feel like if I gave him enough wine and added a little rum to the sweet potato pie I could get him to spill the tea on how he really feels about not having an Oscar. Maybe he’d even talk about some of the winners that ousted him. I feel like he’s got a lot of Hollywood information I could pull out of him. Most importantly, I need to hear his thoughts on whether the top ever falls over at the end of Inception.

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Alvin Ailey – Alvin Ailey died a few months after I was born. However, his legacy and the work he did in the dance community made such a significant impact on my life. I remember seeing the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater perform when I was younger and I found the dancers so inspirational. Then I learned more about his story- how he rose from a childhood of extreme poverty (during segregation) and become a leading figure in the establishment of modern dance and a proponent of black dancers and it made me appreciate him even more. Ailey was never afraid to take chances and try new things. I would love to ask him about his inspiration for creating some of his renowned pieces and thank him for all he did for the dance world.