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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Tips and Tricks

It happens. Sometimes, despite our best intentions to plan ahead, the holiday happenings creep up on us and we find ourselves strapped for time. But don’t let it keep you from playing host to the most wonderful meal of the year. Here are three quick tips for the Last-Minute Lucy’s out there.

Mini bird. If you don’t have time to thaw and cook the whole turkey, opt for just the breast. A five-pound turkey breast will cook in just about one hour and will serve 6-8 people.

Less is more. You don’t need eight different side dishes. Just choose your favorite three side dishes. After all, the true Thanksgiving bounty is the abundance of loved ones. And the turkey sandwiches on Friday!

Store bought shortcuts. Dressing up store bought products is a great way to save time and impress guests. Add fresh garlic and parsley to boxed mashed potatoes. A store bought pumpkin pie looks great topped with homemade whipped cream, sprinkled graham cracker crumbs and a sprig of fresh mint.

 


Thanksgiving Dinner

Easy Thanksgiving Decor

Thanksgiving is all about the food, so don’t let a fussy centerpiece steal the show. Consider these ideas to let the great American feast take center stage.

Thankful notes. Use a butcher paper table runner and place colorful markers at each place setting. Ask your guests to write or draw what they are thankful for. In fact, ask them to do it before each course is served.

Outside in. While you are whisking the gravy, ask your guests to take a nature walk down the block to collect fall foliage and acorns. Then they can place their treasures in a clear glass vase (or a few) on the table.

Go nuts. Use your existing serving dishes, like a clear glass trifle bowl, and fill with whole walnuts. You can also layer with clementines to add a dash of bright orange color.

Pumpkin redo. Use those leftover pumpkins from Halloween for a winter white tablescape. Just paint pumpkins in creamy white hues and you can even add gold glitter for a little sparkle.

Whatever you choose to decorate your table, we’re certain the family, friends and food gracing your table will be the most memorable.

Happy Holideals from Grocery Outlet!



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