Thanksgiving, like many other things this year will be a little different. That’s ok - if anything, it’s an exciting chance to try something new!
Although you may not be able to travel like you may have done previously, or host the usual number of guests, this doesn’t mean you still can’t make the most of the festivities and have a truly special Thanksgiving. Normally this time of year is spent wrapped up in warm clothes and enjoyed indoors, however, this is very limiting in the current climate.
So, the safest way to host Thanksgiving this year, according to the CDC, is to do so outdoors. This presents some unique challenges, but this is nothing that can’t be overcome with a little bit of creativity and planning.
If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry - we are here to help! In this article, you’ll find our top tips on how to host your Thanksgiving festivities outdoors this year!
Prep your patio for the Festivities
The first step is to ensure you get your outdoor space or patio prepped and ready for your guests. Start by determining how many guests you’ll have and where they’ll be sitting. If you haven’t done so already, make sure you organise some comfortable and stylish patio furniture. Maybe it’s time to finally get the patio set you’ve had your eye on? Or if you need some inspiration, you’ll find plenty of stylish and affordable options for outdoor dining sets
Once everyone has a place to sit, and to eat, the next thing you need to do is bring your patio to life. Add some decorations or pot plants, anything you think that will add some colour and some Thanksgiving magic. Lastly, if your patio or outdoor space isn’t covered, organise a marquee or some form of shelter - this will keep your guests dry in case of rain and will also hello to keep the space warm.
Keeping people and food hot
It’s no secret that November is cold. So your next task is to ensure that you keep your guests, and your food, warm. The easiest step you can take to help solve this problem is to plan the festivities and serve the food during the warmest part of the day.
Next, consider your guests during the day. Providing warm blankets is a great place to start, heated blankets are another option. There are also outdoor heaters or even fire pits you can look into as well or you could even stock up on a few hot water bottles. Make sure you advise your guests to come prepared.
In terms of food, you have a number of choices. You can start by serving dishes that are enjoyed at any temperature. Another tip is to use a slow cooker. This can be used for any number of dishes and even beverages, and keep them warm for extended periods of time.
Alternatively, there are a wide variety of food warmers you can purchase online.
Light up the Night
Lighting is a great way to not only transform a space, but make it feel warmer, and brighter too. Why not consider decorative torches for a lovely ambience? Or, pick up some fairy lights or string lights that will make any space look magical! Having some candles on your dining table is a great idea too.
Don't forget the Kids
If there will be kids present at your thanksgiving, make sure to look after them too! Have some outdoor games or activities available so they can enjoy the day as much as everybody else. Why not have some board games that people of all ages can enjoy!
Give Distant Relatives the year Off
Lastly, give your distant relatives, friends, or family the year off from travelling. Of course, we all wish they could make it but there is always next year. If you wish to include them, you can always have a window or set time when you gather around the laptop for a quick skype.
There you have it! Follow these tips, and you’ll be sure to have an outdoor Thanksgiving that you and your guests can fondly look back on for years to come!