Thanksgiving Preparation Planner
As the spooky Halloween events come to an end, we’re looking ahead and getting prepared for the next big holiday…Thanksgiving!
Each year, November brings a shift in every retail store in the nation. Bags of Halloween candy hit the dollar bin, costumes are shoved into boxes housed in the depths of store warehouses, and turkey-themed goods take a front seat on every shelf. Because the holiday season always brings some extra stress, we’re taking a tip from the retail market and starting early to minimize the frightening, last-minute trips to the grocery store with patrons out for blood…and stuffing! Here’s your Thanksgiving preparation planner to help make this holiday season the easiest yet.
Instead of wrangling the tiny hands of your cousins’ misfit kids away from your prized china on Turkey Day, take to Abodeon for eclectic and unique home goods. The Cambridge shop is stocked and loaded with holiday decor, so you can decorate your new Chroma apartment now and enjoy your holiday table all month long!
If you’re really getting fancy (and you can because you’re so far ahead of the curve), make a custom menu for your guests like this crafty option by BHG.
No matter how pretty your Chroma pad is, Thanksgiving is all about the menu! Whether you’re going traditional with stuffing and cranberry sauce or giving your meal an upgrade with Butternut Squash Risotto, the perfect meal plan is out there, and we’re game to help you find it! Here are a few recipes to fit every taste bud.
If you have a vegan guest, make sure to add some fruit or veggie dishes full of grains and seeds rich in flavor. It might seem challenging to prepare for a limited diet, but there are plenty of delicious substitutes to your traditional butter and milk staples! Try Food & Wine’s Mashed Winter Squash with Indian Spices for a dish everyone will enjoy.
Make sure to check with your guests to see if they eat seafood, as some vegetarians do, but even if you’re sticking to vegetables, there are limitless sweet and savory options like this delicious Pumpkin Pot Pie.
Traditionally, Southern-style meals are known to pack on the pounds, but you can easily satisfy your taste buds without breaking the scale the next day. Try skim milk in place of whole milk or applesauce instead of oil in desserts. You can have your favorites and live guilt free at the same time! Try these tricks with Southern Living’s Old-fashioned Giblet Gravy recipe.
If you’re not into serving the same traditional menu each year, spice things up with a host of new options like Butternut Squash Risotto or Crispy Roast Duck. Or, try a new twist on an old favorite like this Orange Sage Sweet Potatoes With Bacon recipe.
If you’re attending a Thanksgiving dinner hosted by friends or family, prepare to be the best guest you can be by ordering a hostess gift ahead of time. Perhaps a gift basket from Harry & David with seasonal treats or a simple bouquet of flowers will make your host feel special while sweating to make your Turkey Day perfect.
Whether you’re a guest or host, eating in or dining out, make sure to take a few moments to relax with the ones you love this Thanksgiving, because that’s the real reason for the season. All the hustle and bustle will be over before you know it! – Erica Mountain