We are a house divided. Thanksgiving is my husband's favorite holiday. I think it's lovely, but crushingly boring, as holidays go.
So when we hosted his entire side of the family at our house one year, I was determined to make it extra special.
I came up with the idea of the Pie Playoffs - The Very Sweet 16. 4 divisions, Apple, Squash, Nut, and a Wild Card.
And because I am an obsessive and delusional person, I decided to make all 16 pies myself, as well as every single dish of regular food. I do not recommend this, though it does cut down on hurt feelings when someone's pie doesn't win, so there was a tiny kernel of logic in my decision to spend 36 hours in the kitchen.
Each guest got assigned an initial judging division, merging as pies made their way through the tournament.
This year, the Mr. is using the pie playoff model for his office Thanksgiving potluck. If you'd like to add a little competitive spice to your Thanksgiving, here's a bracket you can use as a model!