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Outdoor Thanksgiving Ideas

11 Nov

With Thanksgiving around the corner, people are trying to find ways to stay safe but still see their friends and family.  A great way to enjoy Thanksgiving is to host an outdoor get-together.  Instead of a traditional sit-down dinner, you can rethink the menu for 2020 and different ways to entertain.

 

SEATING

If you don’t have enough chairs, ask everyone to bring their favorite outdoor chair.  If the weather is cooler where you live, have them bring an outdoor blanket.  You can always build a fire and/or use outdoor heaters if needed.

MENU

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For food, why not try an outdoor soup and turkey chili bar?  You can serve soup and chili in individual disposable cups and have plastic utensils wrapped in napkins.  You can also do this with hot cocoa or any other hot beverage.  Another great idea is to have everyone BYOB to keep sharing to a minimum.

For desserts, try serving apple cobbler or pumpkin pie pre-sliced.  You could also serve apple cobbler warm in disposable cups using disposable utensils.

RECIPES

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For a twist on Thanksgiving turkey, we love this turkey chili recipe from FoodNetwork.com.  You can serve with individual bags of crackers and cheese.  For a great fall soup, try a creamy roasted pumpkin soup.  You can garnish this with pepitas for color and crunch.

DECOR

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For some great outdoor ambience, try piling gourds and pumpkins amongst mums.  You can add these near serving tables or near entryways.  You can also sprinkle in mini-gourds and pumpkins on the serving table.

How do you plan to spend Thanksgiving this year?  Share your entertaining ideas below in the comments!  Stay safe and be well.

XO,

Jennifer

 

 

 

Holiday Entertaining during COVID

2 Nov

Holiday Entertaining during COVID

Holiday get-togethers during COVID will be very different.  If you will be entertaining, that comes with the added responsibility of doing so responsibly. Keeping guests to a minimum, practicing social distancing, etc.  We’ve put together our favorite tips to help you entertain during this unprecedented time.

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  • Serve appetizers in small cups so that everyone has their own and reduce the risk of spreading germs.  You can try crudite with ranch dip, shrimp in cocktail sauce, assorted nuts, etc.

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  • Put hand sanitizer near doors and food stations.

  • Instead of a towel in the bathroom, use personalized disposable guest towels.  Pick a holiday themed design for fun!

  • Gift your guests holiday cookies or desserts to-go.  You can wrap them ahead of time and they’ll have something fun to eat when they get home or for the next day.  We love wrapping them with our personalized satin ribbon for a personal touch.

 

 

 

My Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe

19 Dec

It’s that time of year for holiday baking!  Every year I am asked by friends and family to make my white chocolate cranberry cookies. I originally got this recipe from Kraft, but I modified it a bit.  I thought I would share my recipe if you’re looking for something new to try.  The nice thing about these cookies is that they freeze well, so you can always make a batch and freeze them until you are ready to gift them or serve them.  Enjoy!

Jennifer’s White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

    • Heat oven to 350°F. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Add flour; mix well. Stir in chocolate and cranberries.
    • Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
    • Drop rounded tablespoons of dough, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets; flatten slightly.
    • Bake 10 to 14 min. or until lightly browned. Cool 5 min. on baking sheets. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

xo,

Jennifer

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