Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I know, it’s crazy. But fear not, it’s actually not as stressful as everyone makes it out to be. I mean, all you really have to do is impress your entire family with food and decor…. Wait… That’s insanely daunting. So, I looked into it, and thanksgiving can be as easy as you want it to be.
Decorating: This really is the easy part. Crazy talk you may say, but it honestly is. The food that you prepare is gorgeous and let’s be honest, that’s why they’re all there anyway. Don’t outshine your food with crazy decor. Keep it simple, but still on theme. Use ears of corn, pumpkins, cornucopias even! Thanksgiving is all about natural decor. Go out and get some sheer fabric for a table cloth and pick up some leaves from your yard to put under it. This gives you a great autumn feel. Carve out a giant pumpkin and line it to hold mashed potatoes or stuffing. Basically, anything and everything can be used as decor for Thanksgiving dinner and it’s super easy to impress people with a couple DIY projects.
FOOD!! Now, this is the best part of anything ever. But, it can also make or break the day. Just stick to what you know and what is easiest for you. You can do what my family does, everyone bring one thing, (something they actually know how to make) and have Thanksgiving dinner potluck style. It usually works out pretty great for us, especially when we end up with 3 different types of stuffing, 3 sweet potato dishes, and 4 different turkeys, one of which is made of cake! That was a good year.
Booze: This is your backup if everything else falls apart. It’s also how you deal with the In-Laws this time of year. If you can make the perfect drink for Thanksgiving dinner, nothing else really matters. And the liquor stores are giving you a great head start this year. They’ve got pumpkin creme liqueur (great with coffee or hot cocoa), buttered popcorn vodka (add to a Washington Apple to make Caramel Apple cocktails), and the one I’m most excited about: Pinnacle’s Pumpkin Pie vodka. Mix this with warm spiced apple cider and top with whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg and you’re drinking autumn in a glass. I’m making those by the pitcher to take to Thanksgiving this year.
Dessert: Okay. Time to wrap everything up. This is where I go crazy because we always have as much dessert as we do real food. Pies, cakes, cookies, the full gambit. Pies are the staple this time of year, so you’ve got to have at least the 3 main kinds: Pumpkin, Pecan, and Apple. If you can do those, you’ve won everyone over. You can also get a little crazy and try something new with your pies. I’m personally very excited to take this to dinner this year. Bacon Pecan Pie. Yup. Bacon. Just add bacon to Grandma’s old pecan pie recipe and you’ve got yourself a sweet and salty masterpiece. Or, if you find yourself incapable of baking anything at all, like my mom, go get some desserts and put them on Grandma’s fancy china. People will never know. And Rick’s is the place to be. They’ve got any and every dessert you could want. Cake Pops are super big nowadays and they have a Pumpkin Cream Cheese cake pop that is “slap ya grammaw good!”
So, you feel better now right? I’ve given you tons of tips and plenty of shortcuts. So, don’t stress. It’s about family togetherness and thankfulness. When Aunt Susan starts complaining that the turkey is too dry, just remind her of the reason for the season. Start some new traditions and keep up the old ones. Enjoy your family time. Happy Thanksgiving y’all!