The holiday season is fast approaching, which means plenty of gatherings and events to prepare for. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we love preparing a delicious meal for family and friends. Don’t stress – Zinello Flatware is here to help you plan for Thanksgiving dinner!
Choose a menu
Step one is to set your menu. Important things to consider are any dietary restrictions your guests may have. Will there be any vegans or vegetarians? Are there any allergies? Once you have a handle of this, you can be prepared so everyone will have something to eat at your dinner table.
If you choose to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, you will likely need a turkey! This is usually the centerpiece of any traditional Thanksgiving meal. If it is your first time preparing your own turkey, this can be a daunting task. Have no fear – our friends at Tastes Better From Scratch have step-by-step instructions for cooking an easy Thanksgiving Turkey of your own right here.
The most important advice we can offer is to make sure you have enough time. Preparation is key for managing a full Thanksgiving meal and the more prep-work you do in advance, the more time you will have to actually spend enjoying the day!
Non-traditional alternatives for Thanksgiving
Let’s face it, not everyone is going to love Turkey. For those on your guestlist that opt out of the traditional Turkey dinner, we’ve got some exciting options to help you ensure a successful dinner.
For vegetarians or vegans, you can really wow a crowd with this recipe for a Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower! Not only is it dramatic and visually pleasing, but it is a healthier alternative for those who choose not to eat meat. Not impressed with cauliflower? Try this mouth-watering recipe for a Stuffed Butternut Squash – it offers a variety of hearty Thanksgiving flavors without the meat – just skip the cheese for vegans!
It’s all about the sides
Of course, there’s more to dinner than just the Turkey (or Tofurkey). There are so many choices for sides, this is where you can truly shine. You can always go traditional with mashed potato, stuffing and cranberry (and we will never knock you for that – they are delicious!) However, if you are looking to go outside the box – here are a few ideas.
Roasted Winter Vegetables will offer a hearty, delicious platter to ensure everyone gets their daily dose of veggies! Then who would say no to a whole wheel of cheese? This recipe for Baked Brie with Cranberries and Pomegranate is sure to leave no leftovers.
Time for dessert
There’s always room for dessert! So be sure to prepare something tasty to offer your guests for after the main event. How cute are these Mini Pumpkin Pies? This is a great option for when everyone is very full after dinner, they will always find room for this little tasty treat!
You can’t get much more traditional than a classic Apple Pie. Everyone will surely be excited for this Thanksgiving traditional dessert – serve with vanilla ice cream for an added melt-in-your-mouth bonus!
Set the table
Now that you’ve got your menu prepared – it’s time to set the table! From classic Thanksgiving tabletop décor and flatware – to eye catching and unconventional, there are many different options. Just remember, every table looks best when topped with Zinello Flatware!
If you choose to go with a more traditional look this Thanksgiving, there are the classic colors like red, brown, orange and yellow. Then, you can choose between a cornucopia centerpiece, turkey décor or even pumpkins! Here are some excellent ideas for classic Thanksgiving table décor – we suggest pairing any with our Roma Flatware set.
If you’re more of a non-traditionalist, there are plenty of ways to wow your guests with some exciting and upscale table décor. Check out these stylish, chic Thanksgiving décor ideas from Elle Decor. Pair any of these ideas with our Verona Flatware set for an upscale touch.
As always – Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for the good things you have in your life. So be sure to spend it with the people you love, surrounded by good food and great company. Happy Thanksgiving from Zinello Flatware.