I love Thanksgiving, it’s one of my favorite holidays…family, fun and food! It’s one of those holidays that truly brings the family together. I don’t know if it`s because it falls on a Thursday and four day weekends are easier to get away. But for me, in addition to family, fun and food, it truly is a chance to reflect on what we’re grateful for. And yes, a lot of that is family, fun and food.
Party Planning Tips – Thanksgiving Day Menu
According to the urbandictionary.com, “To break bread is to affirm trust, confidence, and comfort with an individual or group of people… [it] has a notation of friendliness…” And for most, besides family, food is the cornerstone of any Thanksgiving.
For some, a Thanksgiving Day feast is a chance to show off their skills and serve an amazing spread without breaking a sweat. For others, a potluck with everyone contributing to a communal meal is the way to go. Regardless, everyone looks forward to sitting down with the family and stuffing themselves with Mom’s stuffing.
Most meals include all the usual suspects, turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole. But don’t be afraid to shake it up a bit. It doesn’t have to mean coq a vin or chicken marsala but sometimes adding an extra dish that your guests usually don’t see during the holidays can be fun. There are no rules about what you have to serve.
I have a friend who serves what she calls the anti-Thanksgiving meal. She believes that it`s not the type of food that makes the holiday special, but rather the people enjoying it. One year it was it homemade Chinese food (Peking duck and chow mein) and another it was a French feast (cassoulet and crème bruel). This year she’s planning on serving kalbi, a Korean rib in a ginger soy marinade, and homemade spring rolls.
So don’t get caught up in what has to be on the table, but rather on what you’d like to see on the table. Your guests will appreciate the effort you put in and applaud your creativity.
Party Planning Tips – Thanksgiving Day Decor
There are so many great, cost effective ways of decorating without having to break the bank. The colors of autumn are beautiful and lend to easy, seasonal decorations. I was at our local farmer’s market last weekend and picked up a big bag of colorful mini pumpkins and gourds. I spread some out on the table and piled some in a bowl. They add a festive touch, with zero work, at a very low cost. Love it!
Last year I decorated the Thanksgiving table with candy. I spent about $15 dollars at the bulk store and brought home colorful candies (marshmallow pumpkins, candy corn, foil wrapped chocolates) and scattered them around the table. Not only did they look good enough to eat, they were!
Now, not to get all Martha Stewart on you, but pressed leaves look wonderful and are a cheerful way to decorate during the holidays. A nice autumn walk in the woods is a fun way to spend time with your family and can yield amazing results when it comes to decorating.
Party Planning Tips – Thanksgiving Day Traditions
Everyone has their own traditions. My cousin’s husband has been watching football on Thanksgiving with his father and grandfather for as long as he can remember. And though this negates any travel plans or creating their own, this multi-generational tradition has continued for over 30 years and now includes his own son and daughter.
For some people, tradition means including mom’s recipe and for others it means a hike in the woods after a big meal. Whether you’re going around the table sharing what you’re grateful for or watching a parade, Thanksgiving Day traditions are a nice constant that create memories and remind us of holidays past.
As you look around the table at those you love, remember what is truly important and what you’re really grateful for. Enjoy and have a very happy Thanksgiving!