Between Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations this time of year can be very overwhelming, especially if you are hosting an event. Today’s post is aimed at helping you have a less stressful, and therefore more enjoyable, time with your friends and family.
TURKEY, GRAVY, AND STUFFING…OH MY!
You don’t have to bear the burden of cooking the food all alone. Never mind the stress of planning the meal and purchasing the food, but not many of us have kitchens equipped to feed a small army and the space issue can be a big stressor by itself. So tell your guests that you will be providing the turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing and they are each to bring a side dish or dessert. This way some of the burden is lifted off of you and everyone gets to enjoy a taste of things they might not otherwise have tried.
SETTING THE SCENE
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, atmosphere is important for setting the tone of your gathering and some simple music and decorations can go a long way. I am a jazz lover so some soft jazz would be what I would play but any type of soft background music will do. Just nothing that will overpower conversation. However, you don’t want it to be so dull that people are nodding off prior to their turkey induced tryptophan coma. Decorations need not be extravagant. A simple tablescape and some well-placed decorations in food serving areas will go a long way. Suggestions include a vase filled with mini pumpkins, acorns, or pinecones with or without leaves and flowers. Tea lights placed in hollowed-out gourds, a simple candle surrounded by cranberries or adding a festive flourish to existing candle holders or lanterns.
SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS
Besides plopping them in front of the TV to watch the parade, Thanksgiving can be a little boring for kids. Make sure you have some games for them to play, some coloring books and crayons and maybe even plan a Thanksgiving related arts & crafts project. They can make pilgrim hats, hand turkeys, or the older kids can make the cool Q-tip dot trees pictured below.
SOMETHING FOR THE ADULTS
Besides the regular offerings of wine and beer, offer a signature cocktail. A pumpkin pie martini or cranberry mojito will liven up your palate and your party! You might also want to have some games for the adults to play since everyone will be too full to leave the table for a couple of hours.
A SWEET FINALE
For a new spin on some old favorites, you can order one of many desserts Polka Dot Bakery has to offer. Some of the more popular treats include Pumpkin Cheesecake, Cranberry Hand Pies, Pumpkin Pie Cookies and Pumpkin Chocolate Pie. Any of these would be sure to delight your guests and would save you some time in the kitchen!
With the tips listed above, you are now on your way to an enjoyable and less stressful holiday gathering. Happy Thanksgiving!