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5 Hacks For Hosting The Perfect Thanksgiving Party

By: Shireen Jamooji

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to start planning the finer details of your holiday party. While the day is all about spending time with your friends and family and cherishing some precious moments together, it’s also about feasting and enjoying classic holiday fare that many people anticipate all year long. 

So when you’ve got your turkey all trussed up and ready to go, turn your attention to the finer details that can make your party stand out from the rest and make Thanksgiving 2023 a day to remember. 

5 Tips To Help Plan The Perfect Thanksgiving Party

Consider Your Guest List

Before diving into the planning process, take a moment to consider your guest list. Are there specific preferences or dietary restrictions to keep in mind? If you’re not certain what everyone likes, it’s always worth a quick check. Otherwise, you can stock up your bar with some basics like rum, vodka, whisky and tequila along with a selection of carbonated and non-carbonated beverages. Also, accommodate those who may not be drinking over the holidays with non-alcoholic options like Seedlip, the perfect plant-based liquor substitute so everyone feels included.  

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Craft a Welcoming Atmosphere

Celebrations are all about the vibe. Create an inviting ambience from the get-go with warm lighting and seasonal decorations that celebrate the spirit of the holidays. Incorporate autumnal elements like candles, pumpkins, and fall foliage to set the tone for a festive day and make for a cosy gathering.

Plan a Signature Thanksgiving Cocktail

Add a personal touch to your celebration by designing a signature Thanksgiving cocktail. Consider using seasonal ingredients like cranberries, apples, or cinnamon in combination with deep darker spirits like rum and whisky. A hot buttered rum made with 60 ml Captain Morgan Rum, a spoon of melted unsalted butter, a spoon of brown sugar and a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg is the perfect warming beverage. This special drink can serve as a conversation starter and leave a lasting impression on your guests.

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Preparing a Drink Station

While it’s important to stay prepped beforehand, you won’t always be available to be on hand to meet every request. Plan starters or grazing tables where guests can easily help themselves to small bites, and set up a designated drink station to allow guests to pour their drinks. Batch prep some large jugs of cocktails and include an array of garnishes, ice, and glassware, making it easy for everyone to craft their preferred concoction and making them feel more involved in the process.

Pairing Drinks And Food

The star of Thanksgiving is usually the food, but it’s essential to pair up your drink menu to make sure every flavour shines. For meatier main courses, keep to more warm aromatic spirits or wines, but for lighter courses, especially those with citrus or herbal notes, branch out with some gin cocktails which complement the nuanced flavours. Gordon’s London Dry Gin and Tanqueray No. 10 are both excellent bases for drinks that are light and elevated. 

By paying attention to the details and incorporating thoughtful touches, you can create a Thanksgiving celebration that satisfies the taste buds with a delightful array of drinks and cocktails and leaves a lasting impression of warmth and hospitality. 

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