So, have you signed up for Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot? With all of the calories about to be consumed it may be a good idea to start the day with a nice 5 mile or 1 mile walk / run. I know when I was growing up here in Austin, I always signed up. I wonder why I stopped? I need to look into that tradition & get back into it.
Well, I wanted to let you in on the menu. If you follow my little posts, you may know that I suffered a concussion a while back and I now have daily migraines and epilepsy. It can be challenging most days and yes, it has been a ‘New Life’ to learn as my doctors and almost everyone has told me~ to live. Anyway, I don’t want to go there, just want to let you know that I myself can’t do it all and you may not want to do it all, but I do want to do some, so I like the idea of having a ‘Modern Thanksgiving.’ I buy the Perfect Turkey & a few sides from Whole Foods and my Gourmet Pies from St. Philip. Also, I am a vegetarian & I eat low carb diet and I like to introduce my guests to a little of the diet. Not because I want them to convert, but because I just don’t want my guests to overload on the carbs.
If you have not had Cauliflower ‘Mashed Potatoes’ yet, well you are just missing out! I absolutely love them. Talk about a fooling and when you doll them up with some garlic and thyme, you will not realize they are not potatoes. It’s all about the flavor that you don’t miss the broth or the starch stuff. Don’t worry, I have the printable for you: Low Carb Cauliflower ‘Mashers’
I also like a little stuffing with quinoa. I just love anything made with quinoa! Since I am a vegetarian, I look for anyway to get protein and quinoa is a great way to get me some! Some say quinoa is a Super food. So, you can try a bit of this in your Thanksgiving menu, here is the recipe I used from Self : Quinoa Stuffing
If you follow my Instagram, @princessmousey, you may have seen one of our favorite party starters we like to make~ Stuffed Sweet Peppers. Here is the printable for those yummies: Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Peppers
Ok, I am a Texan ~ Born & Raised. I love anything smoked. I would probably smoke my lipstick if my husband would think the kisses would be tasty. Ha Ha Ha! Another one of our favorite party starters is Smoked & Grilled Brie! We have this Camerons Stovetop Smoker and I use it for almost everything. So, I buy just any simple brie because I am going to flavor it myself. I smoke it in the smoker for about 30 minutes in the Camerons Smoker. Then I grill it on a Stovetop Grill Pan only for about 2 minutes, each side, just to get grill marks and melt the cheese inside the rind. Serve this with crackers and yum! I found these Fig and Olive Crisps from Trader Joe’s & they are fantastic with the Brie.
Ok, so if you are having dinner at home or if everyone is coming to a hosts home after a restaurant dinner, you may want to reserve a spot for adult beverages. Just a little sitting area if there is not anyone going to the reserved spot you made outside. Just with after dinner Brandy, Port, Scotch a few beers or even an assortment of wine & non-alcoholic beer & non alcoholic sparklers, as well. Oh, I love a Signature Drink! Something named after the hosts or The Holiday. We always have A Diaz Spritzer, A Diaz Sangria ( like we had at our wedding) or A Diaz Something! One thing for sure, have a few bottles of bubbles! Have you ever noticed that someone may make a special announcement when the family is together? An engagement, someone is expecting, someone has purchased a home or a promotion. You may want to have some champagne to celebrate! Hey, if there are not any announcements, you have champagne to relax with after all the guests leave. Of course, Don’t forget the water! I like to put little nuts and banana chips with coconut chips as snacks. It seems like this is such an eating holiday, but little snacks are good to have just in case.
One of my family traditions growing up is to decorate the Christmas tree. It’s a perfect time because we are all together and we all do it together, especially if you have family heirloom ornaments. Memories! I have beautiful memories of us decorating the tree with my grandparents! Prior to everyone coming I usually have the tree up, but we use an artificial. And the decorations are in a box ready for us to place on the tree. If you favor a natural tree, I think there are Christmas Tree Stands up at Thanksgiving time.
Another tradition, of course is watching football! What is not to love of cheering on your favorite team. Since my husband & I dated we would always favor opposing teams just to make things interesting. Of course, having a friendly wager is always nice!
If the kids need something to do, I have a little ‘Pin The Face On The Turkey’ In the Activity Book provided, so you may want to have an eye mask or something to cover the little ones eyes. Also, have little scissors and crayons or colored pencils. I made these little activity books for you to print up: We Give Thanks Activity Book
I also have a little banner that you can print up. This is your preference. If your kiddos are better with scissors, they can cut around the leaves, if not so much, just hang up the full pages. I prefer to use clothes pins to hang this banner because it makes it so easy to hang. Simply measure enough ribbon or string to cover the area you will place the banner. Tape the Clothespins onto the back of the cut out paper leaves or pages and then simply ‘clothespin’ where you will like each ‘letter.’ Here is the printable for that banner: Give Thanks Banner
So, the best tips I can gather up for you to host an event is:
- Have some outdoor activities, if your weather permits with sunscreen, bug spray & seating
- For your menu, make sure you ask your guests (if you are hosting) Vegans, Vegetarians, Gluten-Free, Diabetics, etc.
- Ask if you are hosting children to have a kids menu, this is not the time to battle ‘picky kid eaters’ and have kid activities for them so they are not bored when the adults are having adult talk or adult fun.
- Have Champagne on hand just in case anyone makes any special announcements. This is the time family is together and the perfect time to let others know of happy news!
- Have Tide Sticks or your favorite stain removers because your guests may be wearing their very best and could have a food spill from all the ‘good eats’. You don’t want them to ruin any of their new or favorite wardrobe items at your event.
- Have lots of water available in lots of places & make it inviting to those who may not even like water so that none of your guests get dehydrated. Especially with all the talking & alcohol that may be consumed. No hangovers from your event!
- Keep to your regular fitness schedule prior to your event. Keep to your regular sleep schedule. Take care of your body & skin, so you do not look tired.
Oh, I am sure I can think of a million & one more things, but this is good for now & you can always look back at the previous posts. The most important thing to remember~ this is the time for family & friends to be together & Give Thanks. Thanks for all we have been given. Thanks for being there for each other. Thanks for every gift we have received. The message I most believe is, Love Is Why We Are Here. We give that love to our family, our friends & we share that love with new friends also.
Lots of love to you,