The countdown to Thanksgiving is on. Whether you prefer stuffed turkey or tofu, mashed potatoes or roasted, thereâs really something for everyone on the table. And from table decorations to wine, thereâs a lot to consider when you host Thanksgiving dinner. Timbercreek has a few great tips to help you host a memorable holiday meal this Thanksgiving.
Pretty much every list of how to host thanksgiving starts (and finishes) with timing. Not to be pessimistic, but if the food isnât ready for dinner, youâre doomed. If youâre serving roast Turkey (or even Tofurkey), timing is everything. The Turkey itself takes hours depending on weight. And then thereâs all the side dishes -- weâre talking everything from mashed potatoes to sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, carrots, green bean casserole, corn, and/or squash. If you opt for scalloped potatoes or gratin potatoes youâll add a whole other level of complexity to your timing. And then thereâs the pumpkin pie. Our best advice is to carefully plan your menu and start cooking early -- the previous day if possible. Make anything you can before the day. Oh, and accept all the help you can get! If someone asks to contribute, ask them to make one of the side dishes.
Table Setting and Decoration
Gourds, gourds, gourds. While knobby and odd looking, these little suckers are sensationally seasonal. You can find them everywhere from grocery stores to Walmart in October. They are the perfect decorative accent for Thanksgiving. Pair them with few well placed candles, some colorful placemats and napkins. If your guests offer to bring something, ask for seasonal flower arrangements.
Red wine is made for Thanksgiving. While winefolly.com includes a rose and a sparkling white on their list of best wines for Thanksgiving, reds overwhelmingly win the day. Look for Beaujolais, Granache, Carignan, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese. You canât lose when you go with red.
Stouts and heavier IPAs are perfect for Thanksgiving. They tend to be âwarmerâ and more substantial. Many craft breweries also offer seasonal beers to celebrate Thanksgiving. Give Great Lakes Breweryâs Pumpkin Ale a try.
Seasonal Teas and Coffee
You have to have options for the non-drinkers in the house. Weâre not talking about Budweiser Prohibition. Go with seasonal teas and/or coffee: i.e. pumpkin spice, chai, and fruit teas with a medley of nuts or cinnamon, in addition to classic chai pumpkin lattes or flavoured coffees. Learn more here.
Thereâs nothing like the smell of wood fire. It might be the most popular smell of fall. If you have a fireplace, light it up this Thanksgiving. If youâre one of many who donât, try collecting some pine needles, dry leaves, or pick up some cedar incense or (lightly) scented candles. Thereâs nothing like walking into a home or apartment and getting hit with the aroma of Fall.
Good conversation makes any celebration better. It can be tricky to avoid the âSo what do you do for workâ or âHow âbout that Trumpâ small talk. If your celebration involves guests who are strangers to each other this year, look at converstationstarters.com.Â