I am hosting thanksgiving in our two bedroom apartment too!!
We are having ummmm...*counting in head* 10 I believe, and if there are any "stragglers" we invite them too (like if a single friend doesn't have any place to go and isnt' going to their parents or whatever). We are vegetarians so I am cooking everything except the turkey, and MIL has kindly offered to cook and bring that (probably just a turkey breast).
I am making green bean casserole with some fun additions and tweaks, mashed cheese and garlic potatoes, sweet potato casserole, homemade buttermilk biscuits, creamed cauliflower, a fresh/plain vegetable of some kind (maybe steamed asparagus?) gluten-free dressing (not stuffed stuffing lol MIL is celiac so I try to make most things gluten free because I love her!) Also, can-shaped cranberry sauce and homemade cranberry sauce with orange zest.
Also, one no-bake pumpkin pudding pie, a crustless small tart-like one for MIL, a *real* pumpkin pie, a homemade apple pie and a small tart-like crustless one for MIL, homemade whipped cream with chocolate -- and store bought whipped cream for people if they desire.
I am also making homemade spiced cider from cooked/strained apples -- and iced tea for drinks (my mom may bring some too like soda or whatever which we typically don't drink). Oh, and a bottle of wine for me when all is said and done
For *appetizers* I will have spiced nuts I will spice myself (very easy), celery with herb infused cream cheese (take fresh herbs and beat into cream cheese watered down with a tiny bit of milk, like a tablespoon or two) -- it is so easy but makes the traditional cream cheese in celery look and taste a bit more classy
I will also put out a bowl of tangerine wedges sprinkled with a bit of shaved chocolate.
For the table, well we have some of our Christmas decorations up already (a sin I know, but I couldn't wait LOL) --- so I am borrowing most of the decor from our fall nature table. We are doing more of a buffet style since I can't accommodate everyone at one table, so the buffet area will be lined with a garland of leaves (that was on our fall table) as well as a faux pumpkin, a folksy looking scarecrow thing that is cute but hard to describe lol.. and if I can pull it off (I don't know if I will be able to!) --- hollowed apples (that I used for the pies) with votive candles in them.
Okay for the tacky part -- how's this, paper plates with cloth napkins
Oh well, we don't have enough dishes to accommodate 10-12 people (we seriously downsized and only have 6 of everything) -- but I have beautiful cloth napkins in a rich berry and plum and cloth place mats I got at a thrift store -- so I will be using those with those really thick white paper plates that if you squint almost look ceramic and can be composted so oh well.... it will have to do!!
I also got enough plates that my plan is, to make a plate for everyone as I am putting the leftovers away (because I am making so much stuff, I love Thanksgiving food!) and giving it to them as they leave so they can have leftovers too.
So that is about it -- I have already done some prep, like washed, peeled, cut, and froze all the sweet potatoes -- today I will do the potatoes so they will be ready (wash, peel, cut,freeze). The night before I can make the pies and the spiced nuts.... I can also make the sweet potato casserole the night before (well, assemble it to go into the oven on the day of) -- so I am hoping not to have a lot to do on actual Thanksgiving.
Whew. All I need is an apron!