Thanksgiving is all about family, friends, and feasts. While roasting turkey and serving fall flavors are essential to the holiday, changing the menu or coming up with unique table settings can refresh any stale expectations.
Monochromatic Table Placements
Regardless of how you decorate your home for Thanksgiving, your dining spread definitely requires special attention. After all, as the focal point of this holiday, you can go beyond the traditional colors of browns, reds, or deep oranges and use one color for the foundation to provide your tabletops with monochromatic appeal.
While the use of a pale golden palette along with a few lustrous metallic touches add a sophisticated opulence to the entire decor, a rustic farm table in lighter tones emphasizes the simplicity of the natural world.
To stick with your table’s modern theme, add some white pumpkins instead of the traditional orange ones and pine cones as striking centerpieces. Before setting out, don’t forget to sheath your furniture with custom table covers and chair covers for that extra layer of protection.
Unique Seating Cards
To save your guests from awkwardness while they look for their seats, keeping unique seating cards handy is a great way to welcome friends, family, and relatives. Seating cards help in figuring out seating arrangements easily.
Although buying pre-made cards is convenient, the handmade ones seem more appealing for their distinctive personal touches. Try your hands at more sophisticated crafts that fit your theme. You can go for “feathers” by simply tracing out geometric shapes and filling them with colors before sticking them into a cork on the place setting.
A doily is a festive accouterment. Turning them into place cards is a great idea requiring minimal effort. Gifting super cute treat jars filled with candies that double as a place card is a cool option too.
New Twists on Old Recipes
Spice up the staple Thanksgiving dishes with a fresh take on the classics while still sticking to the holiday flavors.
- Give your Thanksgiving dinner a facelift by breaking convention and pioneering a new approach to preparing your seasonal bird.
- Liven up your table spread by adding orange and citrus to your favorite cranberry sauce.
- Cut the meat out of the classic Shepherd’s pie to make a lighter version of this holiday staple. Plus, it serves well for vegetarians at your table.
Tap into Your Inner Child with Games
Don’t reserve party games just for Christmas. They are perfect pre and post feast entertainment. From reflecting on what you’re thankful for this year to easy family Thanksgiving games such as ‘Float the Mayflower’, there’s no shortage of fun to be had on Thanksgiving.
Fill a big container with water and give everyone a small cork with a fake flower stuck into it. The participant needs to float the cork from one end of the storage container to the other. Whoever blows it fastest, wins.
Host a Side Dish Cook-Off
Thanksgiving without the classic recipes is unimaginable. But it’s always refreshing to try new flavors of the season. This Thanksgiving, why not start a tradition of bringing a new dish to the table by hosting a ‘Side Dish Cook-off’?
The cook-off will not only double the fun but will also bring out-of-the-box recipes to the table. Give your guests a friendly challenge and whoever cooks the scrumptious dish bags the grand prize. Don’t forget to rate their dishes on the scale of creativity too!
But then There are the Sides
Turkey is the star of the Thanksgiving show. But it’s actually all the fixings that get everyone fired up about the feast. Turkey alone won’t suffice without delicious sides, a drizzle of homemade gravy, and a dollop of tangy cranberry sauce.
Scrumptious mashed potatoes, salty bean casserole, stuffing (or dressing), and classic sweet potato casserole are definitely Thanksgiving essentials with quintessential fall flavor.
Beer or Wine Pairing Ideas
Sweet, warm, spiced, and festive cocktails of sparkling wine and beer not only pair wonderfully with Thanksgiving dinner’s rich, indulgent flavors but make the day feel even more celebratory. Liven up the meal and refresh the palate in between bites of contrasting flavors with pomegranate mule. The refreshing cocktail with 100% pomegranate juice and ginger beer has spot-on flavors.
Take Your Meal Outdoors
Planning to dine outdoors with backyard grilling in full spree? Don’t forget to create a magical ambiance around the fire pit to double the fun. Amp up the decor with hanging lights or battery-operated lanterns above and plenty of pillows sheathed with attractive pillow covers, blankets, and knitted throws to create a dreamy escapade.