From traveling across the country to cooking at home, each of the ‘Real Housewives’ have a fun-packed Thanksgiving ahead!
Thanksgiving is a huge deal for the The Real Housewives of New York City! Each of the stars — Jill Zarin, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Kelly Bensimon, Alex McCord, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and Bethenny Frankel‘s replacement Cindy Barshop — shared their Turkey Day plans exclusively with HollywoodLife.com!
Here’s what they’re all up to today:
Jill Zarin: “Sitting in the VIP bleachers at the Macy’s Day parade with my daughter and my friends’ kids and then I’m heading up to my niece’s for Thanksgiving. [There will be about] 30 people. We have a big family. It’s only Bobby’s side, not my side. My side splits up, we don’t do Thanksgiving, only Jewish holidays.”
Ramona Singer: “We’ll have dinner in the Southampton house with about 8 people this year. Avery helps me cook. Mario just watches. He carves the turkey — that’s his job. I’m not good with knives. On Thanksgiving, we just hang out. We have this huge kitchen. I’m drinking my wine and cooking, which I love. It’s one of the most intimate times to spend with your family.”
Sonja Morgan: “I’ve never had a Thanksgiving in NYC. Ramona invited me to the Hamptons. If I can get out of the city, I would love to go to Ramona’s and be in the country and be with her in her wonderful home. She’s a great cook and a great hostess. She’s got a fabulous garden. It’s so relaxing! But if I can’t get out of the city, then I have the most amazing invitation in Manhattan to go to my friends’ [dinner].”
Kelly Bensimon: “This year I’m going to be in South Carolina for a hunt. I’m riding in a hunt — it’s really exciting. [I will have dinner] with my twin brother. And my niece who’s name is Kelly. My niece’s name is Kelly Killoren. That’s my name. My twin brother named his daughter Kelly Killoren. How could you not spend Thanksgiving [with them]? … The only thing I do in the kitchen is have confessionals. I’m better that way.”
Alex McCord: She’s doing Thanksgiving at her home in Brooklyn with her husband Simon van Kempen and their kids: “We all cook together, we are all foodies. And actually this year we have Simon’s little brother will be with us from Australia, who is a lawyer, but he used to be a chef. We’ll eat at like 2 p.m., so start cooking at 10 a.m. We don’t do gravy. Gravy’s gross. We fight over who is cooking. This year, Francois is 7 and is determined that he wants to have a big turkey drumstick on his plate. But Alex does a wonderful duck. We’ll do lots of vegetables. We’ll watch the Macy’s Day Parade on TV in the morning.”
Countess LuAnn de Lesseps: “I’m heading home to Connecticut with my kids for the annual family Thanksgiving. I come from a very large family, so it’s always crazy fun and lots of eating. My sister-in-law does the cooking and baking. My brother makes a fried turkey to die for and next to that, my favorite is always the pumpkin pie. I’m excited this year because I’m bringing my boyfriend Jacques. He’s in for something special and so am I!”
Cindy Barshop: “I’m ordering in. I think I’m going to do either Citerella or Whole Foods. Whichever one will take me tomorrow. [She hadn’t placed her order yet as of Sunday.] I’ll order turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and stuffing — I love stuffing. Throw some potatoes in there. And that’s it. I don’t like red meat, so everybody else has to suffer.” [She’s expecting 12 or 15 to come to dinner.] “I have a two bedroom, two kids, and I’m supposed to have a big two-bedroom compared to most people. But the truth is, it’s still not big enough where I literally have to almost redecorate for Thanksgiving. I have to do the flooring, all the kids stuff. I have an outside also, so I can put stuff outside. But in New York City, I have to put some stuff in storage because you have to put a big table to fit 15 people, so if you don’t have a duplex or a 7-bedroom, you’re in trouble.”