On Thanksgiving Day, thousands of families and friends will gather together to give their appreciation for the blessings of the year or their lifetime. There are so many details that go into a warming evening- from decorations to ambiance, to the drinks and FOOD! Our team at Essence Caterers is preparing for this Thanksgiving season with this checklist of things to complete for this ultimate occasion.
1. The Cocktails + Drinks
This year, we are extra thankful for the delicious cocktails that can liven up any Thanksgiving table! For a pre-meal drink, you want to go light and crisp to set up your stomach for a delicious meal. A classic aperitif like dry or blanc vermouth with a slice of lemon or orange is the perfect start to the evening. To accompany your feast, the Colony Records cocktail is the perfect fruity and spiced concoction that will expand your limits of cranberry flavors at the dinner table. Between pumpkin pie and cookies, the historic Tom & Jerry rum-and-cognac-based punch will send your guests off satisfied to the brim.
COLONY RECORDS COCKTAIL
2 oz Cruzan Single Barrel Rum
2. Ambiance + Music
It is only appropriate that your evening contain songs fit for a feast. Some fun, vintage songs can bring the perfect upbeat pace for cooking comfort food for the night. To capture the feeling of fall, throwing in some warm, acoustic music can help get the guests cozy and intimate for Thanksgiving dinner. If you are going for some soothing background music for your Thanksgiving dinner, consider treating your guests to some class vocal jazz or earthy classical soundtracks during your meal.
3. Signature Dishes
There are many amazing tweaks to take advantage of to spice up and upgrade your typical Thanksgiving dishes! In recent years, innovations in turkey cooking have included deep-fried turkeys to make it new and different. When it comes to dressing, the basics include bread, cornbread, or rice, but adding fruits, nuts, vegetables, or meats will give this dish that extra flavor! Our last suggestion is to try out Duchess potatoes- mashed potatoes baked into fancy potato puffs!
4. The Perfect Dessert
Whether you’re looking for a classic delicious treat or a luscious post-meal snack, you should expect pumpkins, apples, and everything in between! We all know that a Pumpkin Pie can never go wrong after a Thanksgiving, but you could top the warm spices of this staple by whipping up some Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes. In a sweeter direction, a Brown Sugar Cardamom Sweet Potato Pie can throw together sweetness and depth to the end of your Thanksgiving celebration!