Monday, December 2, 2013


Amazing pictures by the fabulous Natalia Escobar, that are exactly how I wanted to remember the first Thanksgiving I ever threw, and perfectly capture the immense joy of having a room full of people you love, delicious food and laughs laughs laughs.

Anel kicking of the official sport of 2C, Charades

Carmen contemplating the banquet tables

Mighty Maite

We take charades very seriously so we brought in professional actors

Crumble and pumpkin caramel by me

Yup this seems about right


Jacob and I are a veteran charades team

Everyone: 'BRAVEHEART???'
Poor Lauren.  She takes it well.

Scotland teaching Hong Kong a Highland dance

It's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.  Obviously.

Noone gets it

Naming States, Jacob grading

Pilar repping for Argentina

Pili and Carmen cheating at States

Sam doing a bit of method charading
Our lovely and elusive photographer

Carmen with her map

Joris planning how to wow us

Spain and The Netherlands tag teaming

Charles, who is responsible for my greatest charades guess of all time 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time'

The kitchen filling up fast

Anel using interpretive dance

Carmen with Fernet

My Autumnal cornerpiece

The 'add it as you bring it' menu

Nations bonding over comedy

More States naming

Me and Anel often seem to have matching faces in pictures


An apartment Ceili!

Let's go Gay Gordons

Semi-successful maps

Les beverages

Early in the evening

I'd love to know what Jacob has just done

Sweets on the windowsill with the flowers - Czech cookies and Christmas loaf, Tessa pumpkin chocolate cookies

Lola Hayley and Maite

Well we find ourselves funny at least

Dancers in full swing

Naty again

Hahaha a few wee drams later...

Mexi-Scottish international relations

Further dance lessons

Jacob, known for his apprehension of unfamiliar food, trying something from the global fare

Three of the originals - Anel, Lola and Joris

Pili is Queen of Charades (Jacob is King)

...not getting it (note leaf garland in background)

Frustrated with the hopelessness of his audience.  Understandably.

Carmen gave up pretty quickly

This is what it's all about

Kitchen gals observing the fun

Dear Charles

Everyone digging in, some last minute prep

Maite brings the melodrama

Everyone looks stumped

Our Happy Festive Elf

Charles and Ruth looking like total pros

Buntings eye view

Still stumped

I'll be there for you cos you're there for me too!


Empanadas and cranberry sauce

Umm...I think it's 2 words...

Tucking in

Not even a quarter of the dishes we had by the end

What a magical evening.

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