We’re a little more than a week away from Thanksgiving and it’s a great time to start planning out your holiday festivities! Are you hosting a gathering of your own in your Alley24 home? Our beautiful, spacious apartments in South Lake Union are ideal for entertaining.
If you’ve hosted an event like this before, you know that it takes more than just knowing how to cook a turkey. From having themed drinks to making a cozy atmosphere for your guests, browse our tips below so you can make sure you’re the hostess with the mostess this year!
Set the Mood
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Before you worry about the nuts and bolts of your Thanksgiving celebration (let’s be honest, most of us are most excited about the food), you’ll want to make sure the ambiance is just right. Having the right decorations will tie together the rest of the details!
Since the table is perhaps the most important part of the day, check out these tablescape ideas from The Spruce! Sometimes, it’s best to start with a color scheme, theme or general vibe that you’re going for and base everything else off of that. In addition to a beautiful table design, make sure you have some scented candles and enough wine/cocktail glasses to go around. We recommend playing something like Spotify’s “Thanksgiving Dinner” playlist in the background as a cherry on top!
It’s All About the Pie
While there are so many components to a good Thanksgiving Day feast, the pie is really the star of the show. First things first: Decide if you want to go classic or non-traditional. If you’re sticking with the classics, try out this Ultimate Pumpkin Pie recipe from New York Times Cooking! More of an apple fan? Taste of Home has a magnificent Apple Pie recipe that you won’t regret trying out.
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Want to impress your guests with something different? Our mouths are watering just looking at this Bourbon, Chocolate and Walnut Pecan Pie from The Splendid Table! For a little something fruity, try out a Sugar-Cranberry Pie recipe, courtesy of the Food Network!
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No matter how many fun cocktails you’d like to have on hand, be sure to stock up on a few bottles of wine as well! Some people couldn’t be more content with a glass of red in their hand all night long.
Once you have the basics covered, browse these cocktail recipes from Brit + Co and pick one or two out that you think your guests would love! The Salted Caramel Apple Martini and Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour look heavenly. If you’d like to really go the extra mile, brew up some peppermint tea and coffee at the end of the meal so that everyone leaves with warm, full bellies.
Feeling ready for Thanksgiving? Do you have tips to share on hosting a holiday feast for the books that include your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Share them with us in the comments section!