With Thanksgiving being undoubtedly different this year, and the CDC recommending that we limit ourselves to small outdoor gatherings, it’s all about the patio. Whether you’re planning to host a few friends or cooking a turkey dinner for two, let’s find ways to enjoy this holiday season outside. Below are our ideas on how to safely celebrate Thanksgiving outdoors this year.
Since masks are a necessary part of everyday life these days, we may as well find ways to make them fun! These festive turkey face masks available on Etsy are not only adorable, they’re also made from a soft cotton blend with three cloth layers. With a pocket for adding a filter, nose wire, and adjustable elastic for a customizable fit, these are great, not only for treating yourself but also the people in your pod.
Depending on the forecast, a cozy outdoor heater or fire pit will add much-needed warmth to your outdoor Thanksgiving celebration. One of our current favorite options is theThanksgiving Firepit via Crate & Barrel. Made of durable iron with a black powder-coated finish, the wood-burning outdoor fireplace has a center bowl that lends a cool floating look to the flame. Both the spark screen, iron poker, and tabletop lid are included for keeping everyone around your outdoor Thanksgiving table safe and warm.
Especially after the year we’ve all had, it’s important to make this Thanksgiving as easy on yourself as possible. The great news is a lot of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes we all enjoy, like cranberries and casseroles, work really well when made ahead of time. Megan Splawn over at Kitchn created a fantastic guide for what to cook when, and her plan can be easily scaled down based on the size of your own Thanksgiving pod. Cook what you can beforehand so you can kick your feet up and relax on Turkey Day.
Cook the Turkey
Speaking of Turkey Day, with Samin Nosrat’s patient guidance, cooking your Thanksgiving turkey has never been easier. She has three different recipe versions to accommodate a variety of holiday celebrations—a spatchcocked whole turkey, a brined turkey breast, and a classic buttermilk chicken for those who want to switch up their poultry entirely this year. If you need added inspiration while you cook, Samin hosts the podcast Home Cooking with Hrishikesh Hirway. They address cooking questions, interview notable guests, and laugh about Rishi’s cheesy puns, and Samin’s laugh is positively infectious. Start an episode, put on your apron, and get to cooking.
Prep the Patio
Once you’ve finished planning how you’re going to safely celebrate Thanksgiving outdoors, it’s time to prep the patio. Is your outdoor dining table holiday-ready? Our Fairy Tale 7-Piece Outdoor Dining Set is our favorite spot to spread out for a delicious meal on the patio. This contemporary outdoor furniture set is constructed using powder-coated iron frames in a Chinese Chippendale style. Made from fade- and mildew-resistant, acrylic Sunbrella® fabric, the removable cushion covers are designed for easy cleaning, so no need to worry if someone drops the gravy. Available in both bright and neutral finish and fabric colors, Fairy Tale is inspired by stories with twists and turns that end well.
Cheers to having a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!