I consider myself very very lucky to have both family and lifelong friends in the Atlanta area. Both Joey and I were born and raised in Atlanta, went to college here, then settled in the area to start our family. Therefore, we ALWAYS have more than one family function to attend on every single holiday. I see a lot of shows and movies where people who don't live near family all gather together with friends for holidays, and while I'm not jealous per se, it would be nice to celebrate with friends, who I do consider to be like family to us.
So why not have the best of both worlds and throw a pre or post-Thanksgiving cocktail party for your friends? I for one am very thankful for friends, so I'd love to be able to show them how much they mean to me. Serve fun hors d'oeuvres and festive cocktails, and celebrate friendship!
On the buffet:
Assortment of Cheese, Crackers, Fruit, and Nuts
assortment of craft beer
assortment of wine
champagne (we're celebrating, right?)