Thinking 'outside' the turkey on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is a time when family and friends gather to feast upon some delicious and ever satisfying chow. Mothers, wives, sisters, daughters and even a few good men intensely plan a meal that is not to be topped until the following year's Thanksgiving. It's a plan that included perfectly roasted Turkey with all the trimmings but what’s a holiday spread without the décor and party atmosphere to match?Here are a few tips on pulling a few extra goodies in for your turkey holiday fun.

    1. A Beverage to be thankful for :: As your guests arrive why not greet them with a holiday beverage like a Pumpkin Martini? It’s a great way to start off a fantastic meal.
      • 1/2 oz Sylk Cream Liqueur
      • 2 oz vanilla vodka
      • 1/2 oz pumpkin liqueur or pumpkin spice syrup
      • 1 tsp whipped cream
      • A dash of cinnamon (or a stick) for garnish
"Pumpkin Martini!" by Ally Mauro is licensed under CC BY 2.0
    1. You dress your turkey now dress your home :: You have to decorate to bring in some of that Thanksgiving spirit into your home. Think rustic placemats, gold chargers, and your best china. Bring out your best to impress your guests.
      • Bargain tip: The perfect time to buy any of the items mentioned above is after the holidays are over. If you can beat the rush try and raid those clearance racks you’ll be able to stock up for next year. It’s much better than paying full retail and giving in to those pesky stores taking advantage of the holiday need for the perfect décor.
    2. Interactive Placecards :: For placecards try an activity as guests are seated. How about a game of Turkey Day Bingo? This will give your guests the chance to listen to conversation and have a little fun with it.
      • Make bingo cards at home and include words associated with your holiday. Such things as “Turkey”, “Gravy”, “Thankfulness” and of course “Dishwasher”!
      • Whatever words you choose, place them on the cards and print them on your home computer.
      • Remember to mix and match the cards so they are all different. That way you don’t have duplicate winners.
      • Then, as guests start marking off their answers and a winner yells, “Turkey Bingo”, their prize is…drum roll please…not having to do the dishes!
    3. Giving Thanks :: Ask your guests what they are thankful for at the end of your amazing feast. In many homes this may already be the tradition but I suggest taking it one step further by displaying those words of thankfulness on a gratitude tree.

gratitude tree

    • All you have to do is use your home computer to make tags that state, “I am thankful for… “, print them and punch a hole in each one.
    • Then tie a loose decorative ribbon through the hole and pass it around the table with a pen. Ask each guest to write their thankful thoughts down, then take those tags and hang them on the branches of a mini fall faux tree or whatever you have handy in your home.
    • Miller suggests keeping the tags up for awhile to keep reminding yourselves what you are thankful and blessed to have.
With all that Life has to offer...Happy Thanksgiving,