Whether you’ve decided to attend or host Thanksgiving this year, safety will be top-of-mind for your family and friends. Although experts agree there is no completely “safe” way to hold a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, here are clever tips for creating new traditions that honor the spirit of the holiday while creating memories for future ones.
A Perfect Virtual Party Plan
The safest way to spend time with family and friends is virtually, but you can still make a seat at the table for them to make the cyber connection more meaningful. Make the virtual event as festive as possible by crafting a beautiful space at the table complete with decor and even desert. If young children are involved – have each family hide a turkey or other themed drawing/toy in plain sight for them to find on the screen and give out prizes if they see it. Create new traditions by sharing images from past Thanksgivings. If you have time, collect the photos upfront and share them on a screen or in a digital photo album for conversation and keepsakes afterward. Use this precious time with older family members and younger ones to share memories, stories and family history.
Keeping it Hot Tip 🔥🔥🔥: If conversations linger, you can use the Verona Chef’s Pak Steamer Insert to keep stuffing moist on the cooktop.
Take it Outside
Other than a virtual gathering, the next safest situation is to take the event outdoors. Think of it as a tailgate party and change the meal/seating options to suit a tailgate environment which can be socially distanced. The most important thing is to be together – not what you eat or where you eat it. And a tailgate can be a memorable occasion with a firepit, outside games and big bowls of hot cider, turkey chili or barbeque turkey legs. Make new traditions as you celebrate the time together and give thanks for the moments and memories you are enjoying.
Staging Hot Tip 🔥🔥🔥: If you gather outdoors or indoors – try and avoid shared plates/passed foods. Create separate platters for each family group vs. buffets and appetizer tables – use eco-friendly disposables to reduce therisk of handling dishware and have garbage bags so each family can help clean their own areas. A Verona double oven range gives you the flexibility to cook different meals or keep different plates warm since staging is going to be more complex.
Think Small or Give Big… Menu Prep
If you can’t possibly cook anything but the full Thanksgiving meal – consider packaging up containers to drop off to those on your list who can’t go outside the home to eat or to donate to those in need. Many local food banks and shelters have options for meal drop offs, especially for families living in temporary situations without access to hot meals. Then you can keep what your smaller gathering will consume and donate the rest to those in need this season.
Many households are worried about how to prepare a small Thanksgiving feast and of course Martha Stewart has a menu for that. Another option is to support your local restaurants and order that turkey special and pumpkin pie to go. No cleanup or endless turkey leftovers!
Work Station Hot Tip 🔥🔥🔥: Consider separating your cooking appliances with built-in wall ovens and cooktops. This gives you more options to cook with family in different areas of the kitchen. It’s perfect for staging, distancing and big meal prep. Plus built-in Wall ovens free up ergonomic storage space under the cooktop for seasonings, tools, pots and pans.
How Do I Cook a Turkey??
If you are stuck at home and have never cooked a turkey before – don’t worry, we have your guide right here! Most of us need a refresher every year since last Thanksgiving is the last time we made the perfect Turkey dinner.
Happy holidays and don’t forget to make time to write down one or two things you are grateful for right now. It’s a great exercise to do with family and to read them out loud to one another on Thanksgiving as well.