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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

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

6 Nov

Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  This year you may be having Thanksgiving dinner with your immediate family or just a few close friends or family.  Seeing that this year has been stressful and uncertain for so many of us, Thanksgiving dinner will take on new meaning.  If you’re looking for some table setting inspiration, we have some ideas to help make Thanksgiving fun and memorable.

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  • Add a jar to the middle of the table.  Have a piece of paper at everyone’s plate and a pen/pencil.  Have them write down one thing they’re grateful for this year and put it in the jar.  You can have everyone pull one out and read them out loud.  If you have a smaller group, just have everyone say out loud something their grateful for.

 

  • Add a fun centerpiece – whether it’s simply cutting some foliage from your yard, arranging gourds or pumpkins or a simplistic message of thanks, you can set the tone with something creative.  Here are some great ideas we found on GoodHousekeeping.com.

 

  • Add some personalization to your place setting with these traditional turkey placemats.  They’re disposable so no worrying about washing and ironing … and they add a personal touch for each guest.

  • Add some humor to Thanksgiving with personalized guest towels which are perfect at the dinner table and also for your bathroom.  During COVID, disposable guest towels help stop the spread of germs.

  • Make your table setting festive with personalized plastic plates.  You can coordinate the colors to your theme and/or color scheme.  There are different sizes to choose from so you can also design smaller plates for appetizers and desserts (pumpkin pie, anyone?).

No matter how you set-up your table for Thanksgiving this year, the most important thing is to appreciate those you are spending it with.  We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at The Stationery Studio!

XO,

Jennifer

Thanksgiving Dessert You’ll Gobble, Gobble Up

11 Nov

Gobble, gobble!  Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it’s time to start planning your menu.  So much time and effort goes in to planning and making sure everything turns out right.  I have a great recipe to share with you to make sure you shine in the dessert department.  If you’re not hosting, offer to make this delicious dessert to finish off your Thanksgiving meal.  I made this recipe last year and everyone made sure to save room for a slice … or two! I got this recipe from Taste of Home.

Deluxe Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Deluxe Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
Ingredients

1 cup crushed gingersnap cookies (about 20 cookies)

1/3 cup finely chopped pecans

1/4 cup butter – melted

4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened, divided

1-1/2 cups sugar, divided

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tsp vanilla

4 eggs

1 cup canned pumpkin

2 teaspoons ground cinammon

1-1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
  • In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs, pecans and butter. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For filling, in a large bowl, beat 1 package of cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and cornstarch until smooth, about 2 minutes. Beat in remaining cream cheese, one package at a time until smooth. Add remaining sugar and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.
  • Place 2 cups filling in a small bowl; stir in pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Remove 3/4 cup pumpkin filling; set aside. Pour remaining pumpkin filling over crust; top with remaining plain filling. Cut through with a knife to swirl. Drop reserved pumpkin filling by spoonfuls over cheesecake; cut through with a knife to swirl.
  • Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake 55-65 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Garnish with chocolate syrup, caramel sauce, whipped topping and additional crushed gingersnaps if desired. Yield: 12 servings.

If you make this yummy dessert this Thanksgiving, let me know what you think of it (and most importantly … what your guests think of it!).

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

recipe & photo source:  Taste of Home