Whether you’re having a family Thanksgiving party or a Friendsgiving event, here are some things to keep in mind. While the event is culturally significant in the West, it can also be celebrated as a day to count your blessings and be grateful for those who have made a difference in your life.
In the West, turkey is the pièce de résistance of the Thanksgiving meal. You can choose stuffed chicken or roast pig, while vegetarians can have a head of cauliflower. Honey-roasted carrots and fried vegetables spiced with Indian flavors like turmeric, cumin, garam masala and more make for a great accompaniment. Pumpkin and sweet potatoes are a big part of the Thanksgiving meal, so you can make pies or soups or roast them. Corn fritters make delicious finger food with mini samosas and tikkas. Baby potatoes roasted with Cajun spices or classic Indian flavors also work well.
While you’re chowing down on all the delicious food, don’t forget to include some on-theme drinks, too. Some options to include in your Thanksgiving meal are Virgin Cranberry Mojitos, Caramel Apple Punch or an Apple Cider Sangria. If you want a hot beverage option, opt for the Pumpkin-Spiced Latte, which is a great option to serve your guests this season.
No party is complete without fun games that involve both adults and kids alike. One such activity would be to have your participants write down things they are grateful for. To do this, take a large piece of craft paper and stick it on an empty wall. Make sure it is close to the party area and at a focal point. In large font, write the words ‘I’m grateful for…’ and leave out sketch pens to allow your guests to fill in. You can even add a blank page to the kid’s dinner table and throw some crayon pencils, letting them unleash their creativity. Alternatively, play bingo but replace the numbers with experiences that are both common and unusual for your group.
Keep the decor simple, yet classic, with warm accents like a red and white checkered tablecloth or table runner. Don’t shy away from bringing nice cutlery and add maple leaf place cards to each dinner plate set for a personal touch. A set of white, red or gold candles will create a cozy atmosphere. Add green leaves to paper lanterns for a cute faux pumpkin decoration.
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