Thanksgiving is not just for families anymore. If you cannot be with your family on Thanksgiving, make a family atmosphere with your favorite single friends who will also not be going home for the holiday. Sharing the workload will make the holiday more enjoyable for all, and some surprises will be in store as your friends bring their favorite dishes for Thanksgiving. Every family has its own traditions for the feast, and it will be fun to share these traditional dishes.
Preparing for the Get-Together
Start out with mailed RSVP invitations which will help you set up for those who will be attending. Tell your guests that you are trying to follow a menu somewhat like the early Thanksgivings, but do not be rigid about this as the early feast was not as appetizing as our present-day traditions.
When you know who is attending, you can start to make assignments. If they are bringing appetizers or are helping with the table settings or flowers, make sure that they arrive early.
Thanksgiving Day Ideas
As your guests arrive, serve them a special non-alcoholic cocktail such as one made with cranberry juice or mulled hot apple cider.
To this you might add an appetizer such as small cheese puff pastries along with mini shrimp cocktails.
Depending on the number of guests and the size of the table, it might be advised to have the guests serve themselves their main dishes from a side board.
Thanksgiving Meal Ideas
When all of your guests have arrived, ask them to take their places according to place cards set on your beautifully decorated table.
Next to their artistically-created and appropriately themed place cards, add a little favor or small present for them to take home. This favor can be as simple as a calendar, key chain or notebook for the upcoming year, or a turkey made out of chocolate, or turkey-shaped cookies—all nicely wrapped in netting and tied with ribbon.
The following items are in harmony with the early pilgrim’s fare, but your guests will supplement this menu:
- If you are starting the meal out with a small spinach or green salad, sprinkle it with dried cranberries and serve perhaps with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
- Small crescent rolls or dinner rolls are nice to go with the salad as well as with the meal.
- Succotash (mixture of corn and lima beans)
- Green beans with chopped onions and bacon
- Baked pumpkin with butter and chopped walnuts on top
- Roast Turkey with dressing and gravy
- Mashed potatoes
A choice of Pumpkin or Pecan pie with either whipped cream or ice cream on top
Note the resources below for more Thanksgiving ideas and recipes.
And on this special day, don’t forget to express your gratitude for your many blessings, as did the pilgrims of old.