Creating The Perfect Thanksgiving Meal: Planning & Decorations, Cooking Tips, Table Settings & More
Oct 31, 2019 01:59PM
By Jessica Bowman
Party Planning and DecorationsHaving Thanksgiving in your own home is a lovely feeling, but depending on how many people you plan on inviting this can get out of hand quickly. If you want to invite more people than your home can hold, consider using your yard, front or back, or simply ask one of the participants if they would allow you to use their home for the party. With a second person, you can even tag team making foods and setting up, that way the task does not fall on one single person.
yourself some time to set up for the party as well. Decorating can be half of
the point of a party, and there’s no better place to look than right in your neighborhood.
In Hanover, there is Farmhouse Pottery where you can find high-quality bowls and dishes as well
as decorative pumpkins that would be a modern-day treat to spruce up any
banquet table for a Thanksgiving party. Main Street Kitchens also has great fall table decorations, special cooking equipment, pots, pans, and even beautiful napkins to set your table with.
Once you have your decorations ready, and a place for your parties, you can start planning how you’re going to decorate. Instead of buying a lot of random Thanksgiving décor, it’s better to have a theme and a plan about what will be going where. By doing this you can present your home to your family and friends proudly, impressing them with your ability to think ahead.
Give it a few days for preparations. You’ll need to have a clean house to decorate, start picking up a few days before its time to set up the decorations so you will have more time to focus on what really matters. The food.
is one of the main reasons we gather on this holiday, aside from sharing our
gratitude. Consider staying local to buy all your produce and food needs rather than headed to the big supermarkets.
Try Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center they are open year-round and have dozens upon dozens
of options to choose from as far as produce goes. You
can pick up any produce you may need from this farm and be assured that the
food was grown locally, and with lots of care assuring its quality.
Once you have your prep work done, next comes setting the table. Table cloths are always a good idea, big dinners can get messy, especially when there’s a lot of people sitting at one table. In addition, a placemat for each plate makes the job easier and allows the party goer to have their own space for eating. Check out ANICHINI for beautiful table cloths, napkins and place settings.
The first thing to remember is to only set the table with the utensils you will be using, if there is no soup, don’t set soup spoons. No wine? Don’t set any wine glasses. In the middle of the placemat goes the dinner plate. On top of that goes the salad plate and on top of that is the soup bowl. The dinner fork always goes on the left side of the plate, usually on top of the napkin, however, if you aren’t using a soup bowl feel free to place the napkin on top of the plates. The dinner knife sits on the right side, with the sharp edge pointing towards the plate. Then your spoon is with the knife on the right. Above the plate, about where 1 o’clock would be on the face of a clock, is the water glass. A wine glass would go diagonally above that, again still in the 1 o’clock range.
Fun Outside of the Dining Room
Lastly, we have some tips on planning your Thanksgiving Day with friends and family that will make a lasting memory in everyone’s minds and bring you all closer together. Most Thanksgivings I’ve been to have only focused on the dinner, and if you are not hosting the party there is little to do during the day time while you all wait for the time you can gobble some turkey and scarf some side dishes down.
One idea is to get outside for a while with the whole family while the feast is cooking. Plan some family games by bringing picnic blankets, a frisbee or a ball to throw/kick, football, crocket the list could go on and on.
great place to do this is the Dartmouth Green. Nathan's Garden on Maple Street is a
small botanical garden perfect for limited parties. There is also Storrs Pond
Recreation Area which is larger and overall used more frequently, but open
year-round to residents. You can even have your family participate in the Annual Zack's Place Turkey Trot earlier in the morning. You can also play games inside that can get the whole family involved in. Always a classic is scrable, Jenga, card games or even newer games like "heads- up" which can be played using any andriod or iPhone.