Oh! I'm hosting for the first time this year too. Just 6 of us for a little friendsgiving, but it's a start!
I'm doing a spatchcocked turkey, mushroom stuffing, and roasted acorn squash w/ wild rice, while others are bringing desserts and sides.
Careful, the first Thanksgiving we hosted was to be for 4 friends and us who were not going to be able to see family for that year. Ended up with 2 of my sister's and there entire families alone the 4 friends and a couple of tag alongs, 2 neighbors and us. Planned for 8, served 19 and still had leftovers. It was a great dinner.
Whatever you serve, make it home maid and everyone will be thrilled.
I am worried about chairs more than food, I am always known for cooking too much.
I am gonna do a dry-brined natural turkey (Spatchcocked of course). Stuffing will be cooked under the turkey for the first 45 minutes, and then held until the turkey is done to be warmed back up. Standard homemade Cranberry Sauce, and doing my "famous" roasted brussels sprouts with bacon, onions in a mustard vinaigrette. I just added roasted sweet potatoes to my list because my mom has decided that white potatoes are evil.