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Celebrating Thanksgiving at Home This Year

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Thanksgiving is just days away, and chances are you’ve traded in long guest lists and holiday travel for small dinners at home or virtual gatherings with family and friends. Need a little inspiration to spark the holiday spirit? We’ve created a list of ideas, activities, and more to help you celebrate Thanksgiving at home.

Update the Menu

Not enough people in your household to merit a full-size turkey? Opt for a turkey breast instead for classic flavors without all the fuss. Size up the sides for your scaled back guest list too. Go beyond staples like mashed potato and green beans with easy vegetarian options like sheet-pan roasted squash or slow-cooked brussels sprouts. If you’re not used to hosting or don’t feel like cooking this year, support a local small business by ordering your meal (or even just sides and dessert!) from a nearby restaurant or specialty market. 

Perfect the Playlist

Set the scene with your favorite holiday sounds on Spotify. Choose from existing playlists or curate one of your own. Remember to keep music at a low volume so that your guests do not have to shout or speak loudly to be heard.

Explore the Outdoors

Thanksgiving is a day-long celebration, why not open it up to the outdoors? Before diving into dinner, consider taking cocktail hour al fresco, going for a walk with the family, or keeping kids busy with a backyard scavenger hunt.

Level Up Your Livestream

A digital dinner party isn’t just about the video call. Make it a little more festive with a fun background, photo slideshows, background music, or even games.

Take Comfort in Traditions

Whether you look forward to waking up early and watching the annual Mary’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or prefer kicking back and watching Thanksgiving Day Football you’re in luck. You can still cozy up to watch both events from the comfort of your home this year.