How Do You Make Thanksgiving Special?
How Do You Make Thanksgiving Special?
Thanksgiving is more than the food, although we love every delectable morsel. While the food may be the star, setting the stage creates the ambiance. Make your Thanksgiving Day extra special with an unforgettable table decorated to create the perfect gathering place for family and friends.
Set A Festive Table
Town & Country Village is your one-stop shop for those special items needed to create this season’s most festive table. Look to Williams-Sonoma for a luxurious Italian tablecloth accented with their Harvest Bloom 100%-cotton napkins. Gold Turkey Place Card Holders from Pottery Barn are perfect for catching your guest’s attention, while the Pumpkin & Gourd Handcrafted Recycled Glass Cloches add shimmer and shine. Don’t forget fresh-cut flowers from Randalls!
Bakery Treats For A No-Cook Breakfast
Start the day with a relaxing breakfast—one you don’t have to cook. An easy buffet spread with pastries from La Madeleine are sure to impress your guests. Pumpkin Streusel Muffins, Caramel Apple Danishes, and their Cinnamon Morning Buns are must-haves.
Indulge in Exceptional Fall Fashion
Slipping into a new outfit for Holiday gatherings always makes it feel more special. Treat yourself to the latest fall fashions from favorite retailers like Chicos, Francesca’s, Gap, and J. McLaughlin, and then pop into Carter’s for the cutest kids’ outfits.
Ideas For Thanksgiving Meals
Whether you’re a traditionalist serving turkey with all the trimmings or planning a holiday feast with more of a twist, we’re sharing some of our best ideas for Thanksgiving Day meals. From table settings to dishes, decor, and mouth-watering menu ideas, Williams-Sonoma is your Thanksgiving Day Headquarters.
Make-Ahead Roast Turkey, an Ina Garten recipe, lets you make the turkey up to three days before Thanksgiving and still serve hot, delicious, and perfectly moist meat without the stress of cooking the bird on Thanksgiving Day.
Vegetarians (and even meat-eaters) will love Williams-Sonoma’s pumpkin ravioli recipe with a delicate brown butter and sage sauce. The homemade ravioli is an elegant addition to the Thanksgiving table.
Side Dishes For Thanksgiving
Everyone has their favorite side dishes for Thanksgiving. Savory sides are comfort foods you may love even more than the main entrée. But there’s always room for more! We’ve uncovered a few side dishes you’ll want to add to the menu this year. We hope they will become new favorites.
Ina’s Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy with Onions and Sage is the perfect companion to your tried-and-true mashed potato recipe.
The Vegetable Tarte Tatin recipe from Pottery Barn is a win for a savory veggie dish filled with butternut squash, colorful rainbow carrots, onions, and herbs.
Take green beans to the next level with Ina Garten’s Green Beans Gremolata. The award-winning cookbook author spotlights French string beans for the ultimate side dish.
Forget canned cranberry sauce. Try one more from Ina Garten, her sweet-tart Cranberry Fruit Conserve. It bursts with flavor and pairs beautifully with the Make-Ahead Turkey, gravy, and other side dishes.
Thanksgiving Day On A Budget
Whether planning a feast for fifty, an intimate family meal, or a festive Friendsgiving, sticking to a budget can be challenging. We’ve put together our top ten tips for Thanksgiving Day on a budget to help you this year and in the future.
- Make a menu and shopping list and stick to it.
- Keep the menu simple: one main dish, two or three sides, and one dessert.
- Plan ahead by buying needed items, from food to decor, early.
- Borrow, from family or friends, items you only use for Thanksgiving, like a roasting pan or extra cooling racks for pies.
- Cook from scratch. Premade items are convenient but may come with a higher price tag. When possible, use ingredients from your pantry.
- Don’t be afraid to buy store brands.
- Consider a potluck. Have guests bring one item, from a side dish to snacks, desserts, beverages, and even table decor.
- Take advantage of seasonal sales. Shop our Randalls for turkey, from large birds to boneless turkey breast, ideal for a small gathering.
- Opt for turkey alternatives where you don’t have to cook at all. Omaha Steaks offers a custom Thanksgiving package for four, while McCormick and Schmicks has a Gourmet-To-Go package that can also be customized.
- Get creative with decor. Have the kids pitch in, decorate tables, and place cards for guests.
When Should You Start Prepping For Thanksgiving?
We must start taking the stress out of holidays and make them easy and fun again. One way is to plan and prep ahead of the big day. But when should you start?
- Two to four weeks before Thanksgiving, get your turkey or place your order/reservation for a prepared meal.
- One week before Thanksgiving, plan your cooking schedule, including prepping anything that can be frozen or stored safely until the holiday.
- Two to four days before Thanksgiving, defrost your turkey.
- The day before Thanksgiving, set the table.
These tips come from Randalls, but there’s more! Check out the full article for a complete strategy for hosting a Thanksgiving Day celebration.
Thanksgiving Day Cooking Tools
Special holiday meals often call for specific kitchen tools you may not use on a daily basis. When prepping for Thanksgiving Day, check to ensure you have the cooking tools needed for every part of your feast. If your kitchen is missing some essentials, look to Williams-Sonoma for tools like turkey basters, sturdy mashers, meat thermometers, poultry shears, and a herb stripper. Williams-Sonoma even has starter bundles featuring a collection of tools you’ll need for this holiday season and beyond.
Do You Give Thanksgiving Gifts?
Thanksgiving typically isn’t associated with gift-giving, but bringing a gift is a nice gesture if you’ve been invited to someone’s home for the holiday. Classics like fresh-cut flowers, gourmet chocolates, and wine are always appreciated, and you can find something for everyone here at the shops of Town & Country Village.
Happy Thanksgiving Gifts
Are you still trying to decide what to give for Happy Thanksgiving gifts? Look to Trudy’s Hallmark for festive cards and holiday-themed items like a set of adorable Stacked Pumpkin Salt-and-Pepper Shakers. Pop into The Accessory Place for a candle or floral arrangement, and visit Mine Gifts & Monograms for something unique and personal.
For special Thanksgiving gifts for the kids, Barnes & Noble has something for all ages, From Thanksgiving-themed books about traditions and sharing to games, puzzles, and toys.
Dine Out & Take Home For Thanksgiving Day
Prepping and cooking a holiday meal isn’t for everyone. Town & Country Village is the place for dining out or taking a delicious, prepared meal home for Thanksgiving Day. Place your orders and make reservations today!
Fleming’s Steakhouse is open early on Thanksgiving Day, seating diners at 11 a.m. Their full dinner menu and a special three-course Thanksgiving meal with a choice of Herb-Roasted Turkey, Filet Mignon, or Prime Bone-In Ribeye will be available.
McCormick & Schmick’s will also feature a special Thanksgiving menu, complete classic with roasted turkey and favorite sides like cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, and green beans with apple vinaigrette.
We wish everyone in the Memorial Area, Energy Corridor, and the 1-10 Beltway 8 neighborhoods a Happy Thanksgiving! We’d also like to extend our best wishes and gratitude to our amazing merchants, stores, and restaurants who call Town & Country Village home—we appreciate you!
No matter how you plan on celebrating this year, find your inspiration at Town & Country Village!
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