What a smashing success!
Nobody at the party ever had turducken before. Several people never even heard of it and were quite intrigued. One person (BIL) heard of it and looked at me squeamishly and said "That doesn't even sound appetizing." (Don't worry about him being rude, he said it as an aside to me and ended up eating his words, because he went back for second and thirds!)
I have to tell you, it was the funniest thing I ever saw . . . when I took the turducken out of the roaster and was getting ready to carve it there were a few people milling about in the kitchen. Someone said "Oh, wait! I gotta get a picture!" A few others came into the kitchen to gawk.
I went out to the dining room and mentioned that the turducken was out and did anybody want to see it before I carved it
? EVERYBODY jumped up and ran into the kitchen.
I thought, Wow. So I went to the patio and deck and told everybody out there . . . 30 people standing in line to view the turducken. Many with their cameras! They even had DD#2 pose with the turducken!
It was like the viewing of a new baby or sewing machine* or something.
I just stood back and laughed. DD#2 really picked a winner for a novelty meal. I just hope she didn't feel upstaged by the turducken!
The menu was perfect (menu is posted here: http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=116029.0
. . . I didn't want to update in two places, so I'll talk a bit about the food here if you don't mind
The blanched green bean salad that Cicero suggested with honey mustard vinegarette dressing was soooo easy and delicious! I didn't make enough! (Or maybe just enough because there was only a spoonful or two left.) Several people asked for the recipe.
MrsJWine -- Thanks for the suggestion of sweet potato
fries (roasted in the oven.) The sweet-potato freaks I know really enjoyed having this out of season.
Hmmmmm -- Great suggestion for the cajun dips. The alligator and shrimp dip that I ordered with the turducken were simply divine.
I found fresh corn on the cob (yea!) and I just boiled it. While I do like it grilled in the husks, I didn't want guests to have to deal with the husks.
Enough about food . . . I just really, really, really want to thank everybody for their input on this party.
The DDs worked hard cleaning the house and helping me shop and prepare. I have to give them big kudos.
A special thanks to all the posters that suggested/recommended Heberts. I was very pleased with their service and the flavors were outstanding. Next time I do turducken, I will order from them again.
I think my guests will mark this up as one of their favorite parties. I know I will.
I couldn't have done it without your suggestions and support.
*reference to "Fiddler on the Roof"