Backyard Thanksgiving !

Posted by Rick Delgado on Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 at 7:32am.

Backyard Thanksgiving 


The world has a lot to be thankful for this year, and the best way to launch this year’s season of giving is with an unrivaled outdoor Thanksgiving bash. Eating turkey under the California sun takes the pressure off of hosting large groups indoors, is easier to clean up, provides an opportunity to host a potluck-style celebration, and offers more air circulation. Not sure where to start? Check out these tips and tricks to jumpstart your outdoor turkey day spectacular. 


Location, Location, Location


Choosing the best location for your Thanksgiving soiree is the most crucial decision that you’ll make about your event. A front or backyard is likely going to be the convenient choice for you. This will give you the best of both worlds because your interior space will be kept a bit cleaner, and you’ll still have access to necessities that you won’t have to pack. Going to the bathroom will not become a problem in this case as well. A local park or another public outdoor area can also be a great setting, but it will require more advanced planning.   


Appoint a Chief Decor & Table Settings Officer


Tackling an outdoor food-based celebration is not a small task, and you’ll need all the help you can recruit so that no detail is missed. Decor and table settings are among the best parts of Thanksgiving that will house scrumptious and often heavy dishes. Pre-planning out dinnerware, flatware, serving dishes, and table decorations is an absolute must. If you have a somewhat small group and want to keep your outdoor gathering fancy, using cloth napkins, table cloths, and real plates can still be done (especially when in a back/front yard.) Otherwise, Thanksgiving-themed paper plates, table cloths, napkins, and plasticware never disappoint. 


Things You Might Forget 


It’s easy to get lost in all of the food and high-exposure items that make Thanksgiving epic, but the less glamorous items can make or break the success of your event. Remember to plan and pre-purchase items such as folding tables and chairs, large trash cans, food warmers, cleaning supplies, and hand sanitizer. Additionally, you’ll also need to have items on-hand just in case bad weather rolls through. The good news is that adding details that help you prepare for the worst will also make your outdoor space much cozier. Heat lamps, blankets, pillows, a canopy, and bug zappers can make all the difference in the world and will keep your Thanksgiving guests comfortable while they eat the best meal of the year. 


Abigail Baker is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with outdoor kitchen cabinet designer, Wherever. 

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