Thanksgiving is a time to gather friends and family around the dinner table for a traditional holiday meal. This usually consists of warm buttered rolls, smoked savory ham, sweet potato casserole with toasted marshmallows on top, tangy cranberry sauce and, did we mention the star of the show, a gorgeous golden-brown turkey? This year, delight your guests with a few unexpected surprises that will tingle their taste buds! From the start of the evening with appetizers galore, to the nightcap of coffee and pumpkin pie, mix things up and give your guests a few nontraditional goods to gobble up and décor to delight in. Take a look at our list of unconventional ways to take your Thanksgiving Day dining experience to the next level.
Thanksgiving cocktail hour
Who doesn’t love a good cocktail hour, especially around the holidays? Instead of focusing solely on the food, try adding a turkey day toddy to your gathering. Host a group of friends for an interactive mixology session and create crafted cocktails from seasonal favorites like mint, cranberries and spiced-soaked orange. These creative concoctions will pair well with light hors d’oeuvres, fine meat and cheese trays or even bite-sized Thanksgiving Day food. Also, you can set the tone of the evening by adding luxurious tablescapes, an array of cocktail glasses, floral arrangements and more.
Offering guests a taste of the unexpected can ensure your Thanksgiving celebration is one to remember. Serve dishes from around the world and give your guests the opportunity to indulge in global grub. If your international cooking skills are not exactly up to par, cater the event from several different authentic restaurants. You and your guests will experience amazing cuisine and learn about a few new restaurants in the process. You can then adorn individual tables in your home with traditional décor that correlates with the various dishes and allow your guests to embrace the full cultural experience.
Turn up the turkey in a Thanksgiving dish
Thanksgiving is a great time to push your cooking skills to the limit. Take a chance this year and transform your turkey into a unique dish instead of the traditional carved bird. Try adding it into a soup with an array of spices for a delicious dinner, or in your stuffing for an extra element of savory surprise. However you choose to transform your turkey, take a chance in the kitchen this year. Who knows, it might just turn out to be your signature dish!
Host a Thanksgiving Potluck
Each Thanksgiving, everyone looks forward to that one dish cooked just the way they like it. Rarely do guests attend a party empty-handed, so bake two birds in the same oven and ask them to join you in the cooking this year! Gather around the kitchen and make it a family-wide event. Potlucks are a great way for guests to enjoy traditional family favorites and swap recipes. This will also spark great conversation and ensure that everyone gobbles up a tasty treat this Thanksgiving.