Thanksgiving is upon us and is officially ushering in the holiday season! Before we know it, guests will be stopping by and the endless stream of parties and gatherings will take over. The hustle and bustle of the season, while fun, can get overwhelming. Thanksgiving originally began as a way to say thank you for the blessing of a bountiful harvest over the previous year. Thanksgiving has been celebrated since 1789 when George Washington issued a proclamation and then it eventually became a federal holiday in 1863 during the Civil War. Thanksgiving as we know it comes from the celebration the Pilgrims had after their first harvest in 1621. This “First Thanksgiving” lasted three whole days!
Thanksgiving in 2018 is a bit different… Of course, there’s sports on television and different types of food, but we are also grateful for very different things. We may no longer be blessing a victory or end of a drought, but we still all gather together to show gratitude and appreciation for the things and people we have in our lives. Whether you’re going to be a guest or host this Thanksgiving, we thought we would share a few tips with you. Hopefully these tips will make your time as a host or guest a little easier.
FOR THE HOST
Prep and Meal Plan
A Thanksgiving feast is just that…a feast and quite a lot goes into it. As a host you know how stressful this can be and planning ahead can make the world of difference. Sit down and plan out everything you can! From the turkey to the sides and the appetizers and desserts you should ask your guests about their allergies and food restrictions. Once you have a game plan together, know which sides you can make in advance. Prepping in advance allows for simple reheating and more time spent with guests.
Drinks for All Ages
Alcoholic beverages are a holiday staple. In addition to a stocked bar cart or wine selection, make sure there is a wide selection of drinks for all ages. Festive drinks like a sparkling cranberry punch can give younger guests a chance to toast with the adults. Cranberry is a very Thanksgiving flavor and is sure to please all of your guests.
Don’t Forget the Appetizers
Thanksgiving feasts take a lot of cook time. Appetizers like a cheese board or dips give guests something to munch on while you finish up the big meal. Choosing appetizers doesn’t have to be a whole new task; you can opt for frozen or store-bought options which will save time and resources. Just make sure to choose only a couple so that your guest’s stomachs aren’t full when the big meal finally arrives!
FOR THE GUEST
Offer to Help Clean Up
At the end of a giant meal comes the dreaded pile of dishes. It’s a difficult task for one person to handle especially a person who has just spent the entire day cooking! Taking on the dishes is easier when split into smaller chores. One person can clear the table while others wash, dry, and put dishes away where they belong. Plus, when more people help with the dishes, the faster you can get to dessert!
Write a Thank You Note
The art of the Thank You note may be long forgotten, but it shouldn’t be. A Thank You Note shows gratitude and thought. If you aren’t a fan of writing a note or using the Postal Service, an email, or a text is sufficient. All that matters is that you use one of these thoughtful details to show your host how thankful you are to be included in their celebration.
Don’t Arrive Empty Handed
Never arrive to a holiday gathering empty handed! You plan to load up your plate to the very brim with delicious offerings… so ask the host if you can bring anything, like a side or appetizer, to make their meal more successful. In fact, easy side dishes, appetizers, and desserts are often the most requested items! If the answer is no, bring a bottle of wine or seasonal flowers to adorn the table during your meal. Even the slightest gesture is sure to get you a return invite for next year!
We don’t want you to arrive empty handed, so we are sharing a new take one of Glove It’s favorite sides; Green Bean Casserole. Enjoy this recipe for French Green Beans with Garlicky Almond Breadcrumbs.
3 TBSP butter
1 ½ cup coarse fresh sourdough breadcrumbs
½ cup sliced almonds
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup chives
1 ½ pounds green beans
2 TBSP butter or olive oil
- Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add in breadcrumbs and almonds. Cook stirring constantly for about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and continue to cook for 2 minutes or until bread is golden and almonds are toasted and fragrant.
- Remove from heat, stir in chives and season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss 1 ½ pounds of green beans in 2 tablespoons of butter or olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Transfer to a platter and sprinkle generously with breadcrumbs
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