It’s no secret that Thanksgiving this year will look a whole lot different than usual. If you are feeling bummed about this year’s crazy circumstances, don’t worry! A socially distant Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a boring Thanksgiving!
We certainly don’t have to let this year’s circumstances ruin a special time a lot of us look forward to.
I have put together a list of 7 ideas that you can use for your socially distant Thanksgiving celebration.
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Establish one hosting location
It is a common tradition to go around to different family members’ homes to celebrate Thanksgiving with as much of the family as you can.
This year it may be better to limit Thanksgiving celebrations to one family member’s home.
Opting for one location can make everyone feel safer and promote a better Thanksgiving experience. It is so important that you are able to enjoy your time with your loved ones.
Choose one person to cook
For sanitation safety and to reduce cross contamination, having one designated cook this year will help. The less hands in the food this year, the better when it comes to keeping your family members safe.
To help reduce the workload on the cook, try creating a simple Thanksgiving menu this year. Limiting your Thanksgiving food to 1 or 2 meat choices, 2-3 sides, and 1-2 desserts will make things a whole lot easier.
With big family’s it can be hard to please everyone. Be sure to get your family’s input and suggestions to help narrow things down.
One easy way you can do this is by creating a Google Form to send out everyone. You can create multiple choice or fill in the blank options to get everyone’s feedback in a concise way.
Host Thanksgiving dinner outside
Is Thanksgiving warmer than average where you live? Having Thanksgiving dinner outside could be a fun and new way to celebrate the holiday. You can go all out with cute fall decorations, and create a new Thanksgiving experience.
Another fun thing you can do is incorporate fun outdoor activities that everyone can join in on. For example, you can try arts and crafts and even fun family games! If it’s a little bit cooler, you can even try opting for a fire pit!
Nothing about this year’s Thanksgiving will be traditional to say the least. We can make the most out of the experience by creating new family traditions that we will cherish forever!
Create a seating arrangement
Creating a seating arrangement for Thanksgiving dinner this year will help keep things organized. (And encourage everyone to stay in their own space.)
If you have room in your home, you can try socially distanced seating. This is where everyone can sit in every other chair for extra elbow room.
You can even make things fun by creating super cute seating arrangement cards for everyone’s seat!
Make masks fun
There’s no doubt that masks are annoying and do a fantastic job of ruining an outfit. To make things a little more bearable, you can try giving out Thanksgiving/Fall themed masks to everyone!
Keep sanitizing stations throughout your home
Having sanitizer available throughout your home will help promote a cleaner and safer environment.
Place hand sanitizer in high traffic areas such as the kitchen, living room, and dining room. This will allow everyone to have access to sanitizer wherever they are and whenever they need it!
Require testing of family and friends
To encourage a more traditional family Thanksgiving, you can require everyone in your family to get tested 24-48 hours before Thanksgiving day.
This will help eliminate any worry you may have, and everyone can celebrate freely without all of the excessive contingencies.