Are you looking for some ideas for Thanksgiving dinners? If you’re planning on hosting Thanksgiving this year, whether it’s with your friends, family, neighbors, or all of the above, you might be a little overwhelmed with what to do for dinner.
While the food isn’t the only thing about Thanksgiving (there’s gathering together with your loved ones, hanging out, making crafts, jumping in piles of autumn-colored leaves, watching the “big game,” and Thanksgiving prayers and poems), it certainly is a big part of it.
After all, for many people, the term “Thanksgiving” conjures up images of juicy turkey with stuffing, fresh cranberry sauce, and melt-in-your-mouth pumpkin pie.
Traditionally, thanksgiving dinners have involved turkey, stuffing, some type of potato or sweet potato dish, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Instead of going strictly traditional (sticking with the tried-and-true basics without any extras or add-ons) or completely original (avoiding the traditional menu completely, which may disappoint and even upset some people in your party), try “tweaking” some favorites to make them a bit more unique and exciting without deviating from the basic menu too much.
One thing you can do to start everything off is to serve drinks and appetizers. This is generally not considered a Thanksgiving tradition as part of Thanksgiving dinners for many families, but who says you can’t start one with your own group? You could try crackers and cheese with a cheese ball decorated like a live turkey and serve hot apple cinnamon cider (“spiked” with liqueur for the adults), wine, and deep red or orange-colored fruit punch for the kids.