Summer went by with the blink of an eye, didn't it? Those lazy days are pretty much behind you and now you're probably gearing up for the holidays ahead. If you're in charge of planning this year's Thanksgiving family reunion, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed with the thought of all the food your guests will consume over the Thanksgiving weekend. If that's the case, planning early should help. Here are some ideas that might inspire you to create great menus.
Breakfast - If your guests are staying at hotels that provide breakfast you obviously can check breakfast planning off your list. However, if you do have guests staying at your house, think about keeping things simple.
- Store-bought muffins, or homemade ones you prepare before your guests arrive served with little tubs of yogurt is one easy meal.
- Another consideration is to set out a basket full of small cereal boxes and a pitcher of milk. Adding a basket of fruit would be good, too.
- If you're wanting to serve a hot meal, consider buying sausage pancakes, frozen waffles, or precooked sausage and bacon which you would simply microwave.
Lunch - While some of your guests might want to go exploring in your town, others may want to just stay home to visit. For those, here are some lunch ideas.
- A sandwich bar where people can create their own masterpieces would be fun. Besides cold cuts and different cheeses, think about buying artisan breads, fancy spreads and vegetables that include artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, jalapeno chilis, and banana chilis. A basket full of individually packaged chips and another one with wrapped cookies or brownies would be easy and delicious, too.
- Another idea is to prepare different kinds of salads ahead of time. Purchasing crunchy bread sticks would add some pizzaz to your meal. A great dessert to go with your salad lunch would be commercial ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cones or individual cups of ice cream.
- Children would probably love a kid-friendly buffet where they can serve themselves finger foods. Chicken nuggets, carrot and celery sticks with little packages of ranch dressing, French fries and bagged chips would be some foods that kids would more than likely enjoy. A perfect dessert would be little boxes of animal crackers.
Dinner - By now you're probably all getting ready for the main event where turkey, ham or a roast may be the main part of your menu. If so, keeping dinner simple the night before Thanksgiving Day would give you time to do things like setting your fancy table or finishing baking pies. If this is the case, consider dinner out or ordering something like pizza or Chinese food for your evening meal.
Don't forget to buy lots of ice and plenty of water. In fact, this might be a great time to establish bottled water delivery from a company like Mountain Valley Water and a unit that will keep the water chilled. It'll be great for your guests to be able to reach for a paper cup any time they're thirsty. Even little ones can get their own water when all they have to do is push a little lever for it to come out. You'll get purified water that will be fresh and delicious. While you're at it, consider setting up water delivery for the rest of the year, too. You'll be surprised at how affordable it is to have bottled water delivered right to your home. And, just as important is the fact that you won't have to lug heavy bottles to your car and then into your home.