Thanksgiving – celebrating the humble festival
Traditionally, thanksgiving is a holiday meant for giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest. For most though the festival falling on Thursday, November 28 this year is all about focusing on what really matters: family, friends and the food. A thanksgiving celebration is both traditionally and in today’s sense of the holiday incomplete without sharing a hearty meal. Preparing a delicious meal, setting a stylish table, putting up decorations to match the mood, catering to everyone’s enjoyment from kids to adults and hosting your guests with warmth and ease are the key to a happy and successful thanksgiving dinner.
Getting ready to celebrate? We want to share a few Thanksgiving ideas to help you plan that beautiful dinner.
Setting a stylish table
The highlight of any dinner party is the meal, and it is much more so when it comes to thanksgiving. Since this holiday is essentially centered around food it becomes imperative to enhance the experience of eating. A beautifully set table makes any meal a special occasion so pull out all the stops and set a table that’s dressed to impress. One of the best ways of laying the table with simplicity and effortless chic is to start with the dinner plate and top it with a folded napkin. The knife and spoon go to the right of the plate, the fork on the left. Above the plate, wine and water glasses go on the right, a bread plate on the left with the dessert fork and spoon directly above the plate.
Now go for the distinction…
Try a Layered Look: Layering plates in different colors or textures in harmony with each other is a good way for setting an elegant table. You can start with a charger plate to dress up the table, followed by a dinner plate, topped by a folded cloth napkin and small bread or dessert plate. Another meaningful layer could be added by placing a small trinket for your guests to take home as a thanksgiving gift.
Go natural: Give your thanksgiving table a very earthy yet sophisticated touch by adding natural elements. Like add flavor to the table with centerpieces made from flowers and plants or create a beautiful runner made out of twigs. Incorporating rustic elements with a touch of sophistication for dressing up the dinner table is another way to making sitting around the table feel good.
Set up a separate kids’ table: Thanksgiving dinner being a get-together for all includes the children. To make it special for them as well a good idea is to set up a separate kid’s table. It not only gives them a chance to bond and make memories but also is an easy way of enabling the adults to enjoy a peaceful meal nearby. Conventional ways of setting this table suit none so innovate. For instance cover the table with craft paper instead of linen tablecloth. Provide small containers filled with art supplies like crayons, feathers, wood beads etc for kids to be occupied with pre dinner.
Don’t want the holiday celebration to get too formal. Here is an easy solution; put together a casual thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. Relax the rules and plan a get-together a little less traditional. Set the table with a mix of modern and rustic details but without too much fuss. Go for everyday cutlery in vibrant colors’ rather than bone china, use cutting boards used as chargers, galvanized buckets as candle-holders and like.
For a twist on the traditional sit-down dinner, try pot luck instead. You could also serve the food buffet-style for a more laid back and relaxed vibe.
Some other useful tips for making that thanksgiving dinner a success…
- Set the Scene
A centerpiece overflowing with flowers in a variety of shades placed right at the center of
the dinner table will send across the most pleasant vibes. Celebrate the season by including seasonal fruits in decorating the table.
- Count Your Blessings
Let everyone join in the fun of decorating the table while remembering to count their blessings. Craft a chain of thanks in advance then ask guests to write down what they’re thankful for on the paper strips
- Help Yourselves
The good way to enjoy with the guests is by keeping your own load light during the party. Simplify your hosting duties by setting up a buffet near the table and letting guests help themselves to their favorite thanksgiving foods.
- Gather ‘Round the Table
When it comes down to it, the most important part of your Thanksgiving dinner is being surrounded by loved ones. Spend the days leading up focusing on prep work so you can relax and enjoy yourself on the big day.
- Light It Up
Scatter taper candles of different heights down the middle of the table to make the entire dining room glow. Use unscented candles so fragrances don’t compete with the aromas of the food.
Making the best use of your turkey
Don’t know what to do with so much left-over turkey ? I want to share some of my family favorite items. Go Mexican this time and add lots of flavors as Turkey itself is so bland.
Here’s all you can do:
- Turkey Enchiladas
- Chili stuffed with Turkey Or what you would call Chili Turkey Rellenos
- Turkey Chilli
- Southwestern style Corn and bean Turkey Stew with veggies.
- Turkey Quesadilla
- Turkey Paella with Brown rice( instead of White
- Turkey with Quinoa salad.
Left over Yummy and Healthy Turkey Fajitas…
Total Time: Only 5 minutes if you have left over turkey from Thanksgiving.
3 tablespoons Avacado oil
1 small red onion, juliene
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, juliene
1 green bell pepper, cored and juliene
1 clove garlic, fine chopped
1 pound Left over turkey chopped up from yor Thanksgiving.
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 dashes cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro leaves
4 ounces Cheddar or Queso Cheese
Corn Tortillas as per your need or Ice berg Lettuce
1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
Heat the oil in large skillet over high heat. Add the onion, peppers, and garlic and cook, stirring, until slightly softened. Add cooked turkey, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne and cook, stirring, until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
Spoon a couple tablespoons of the turkey mixture on the inside of a lettuce leaf or Tortilla, top with a tablespoon of cheese and a dollop of Greek Yogurt, and roll up like a burrito. Have either with salsa or Gucamole on side and hey, enjoy the leftovers!