Hosting Thanksgiving this year is going to feel special. Imagine how comforting it will be to gather your closest friends and family at home for a holiday we all look forward to every year. Make this Thanksgiving a collaborative one, and bring everyone together to create an experience so filling it melts away some of 2020's stress. Kick back, read on, and learn how to host an effortless yet fabulous Thanksgiving, the Collecto way.
- "A fancy, over-the top, fifteen-side-dish celebration is not always necessary. If anything, Thursday the 26th should be your most relaxing holiday to date—we've had quite a year already!"
Not every dinner or get together needs weeks of planning in advance. But an occasion such as Thanksgiving definitely deserves some preparation to avoid the premature wrinkles of holiday-induced stress. A fancy, over-the top, fifteen-side-dish celebration is not always necessary. If anything, Thursday the 26th should be your most relaxing holiday to date, especially as a host! We love inviting friends and family earlier to prepare the meal together. It just makes it more engaging and fun. Some cook, some drink wine, some share stories...try to keep the chefs and wine enthusiasts separate until dinner is ready, or at least almost ready.
Planning can be an exciting part of the event. The easiest (and modern) way to involve guests is by starting a group chat with those invited to discuss the food menu. Share recipes, delegate who brings what, and offer tips on where to buy the season’s freshest produce. Local ingredients are typically fresher than those found at larger grocery stores, and all of our favorite small stores will surely cherish the business.
Let go of your preconceived “Turkey Day” menu and have fun designing something your guests will be truly thankful for. We’re not saying to fully forgo turkey, apple crumble, or mashed potatoes if it’s a tradition you love, but try some variations of your holiday favorites. Maybe serve slowly roasted rosemary lamb chops as your main course—it might become a new tradition, or even your latest signature dish. In this collaborative Thanksgiving, get everyone’s thoughts on the type of menu you are in the mood for, and then delegate a plate or two to each. Think about the food, wine, cheese and desserts. We put together a menu with some of our favorite options for a cozy Thanksgiving dinner.
- "Share recipes, delegate who brings what, and offer tips on where to buy the season’s freshest produce"
The best part of hosting during the holidays is seeing guests cozy and content in our softly lit homes. Bringing people together, surrounding them with the smells of fall, and watching their faces light up in conversation is exactly the kind of vibe we need this month.
Choose a color palette and jump off the deep end from there. We’ll opt for earthy tones like moss green, terracotta, salmon and dijon. Dried flowers bring colors and textures of autumn to your table. Go all out with your florals, and don’t limit yourself to what you may find in a standard holiday bouquet. Nothing has been typical about 2020, and your arrangements should not be the exception.
We love using multi-purposed decor to get the most out of your party while creating the smallest footprint. Squash of different tones and sizes, artichokes, even potatoes! Beautiful charcuterie and cheese boards will always add an extra touch to your table. Add nuts, fresh and dried fruits, and herbs to give them some added color.
Words by James Francis Kelley