How to Host the Ultimate Backyard Thanksgiving Gathering
All about family, gratitude, and togetherness, Thanksgiving is a day to spend time with the people you love and cherish most, eat delicious holiday food, and relax in the comfort of your home. But what if you’re the host? There can be this underlying stress over making sure the meal comes out perfect, or how you’re going to clean up everything after all your guests leave.
This is when you queue in your outdoor living space. A backyard can be a beautiful and hassle-free venue for your Thanksgiving gathering. Here are a few key tips to help you get yours ready.
Most kitchens aren’t quite up to the task of all that goes into creating the ultimate Thanksgiving Day meal. They often have you boiling up with all the heat produced from the oven and stove top and keep you shut away from your guests. Not to mention you’re constantly having to kick loved ones out because let’s face it – they just don’t fit!
Make this year both easier and more enjoyable by preparing your meal at an outdoor kitchen. Utilize the rotisserie grill attachment to BBQ up a turkey that your guests will never forget. Built in side burners are another extremely handy feature- allowing you to get your mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, or stuffing prepared.
Not only can an outdoor kitchen accommodate all the dishes needed for a Thanksgiving feast, but it can also accommodate all your guests. With an accompanying bar top your loved ones can mingle alongside you with a glass of cider or wine and they aren’t in your way at all.
Oh, and did we mention cleanup? You’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to clean with direct access to your larger trash cans, a bar top sink and even an outdoor dishwasher. Truly, a host’s paradise.
Whether your backyard is large or small, chances are it still offers more space for entertaining than your indoor dining room. Instead of trying to figure out how to fit all you guests inside, set up your paver patio to create an incredible ambiance from which to enjoy your meal.
There are plenty of ways to arrange seating for dining outdoors. You can rent tables and chairs, ask guests to bring any extras they have or use existing outdoor patio furniture. Thankfully your patio pavers are durable enough to handle any type of furniture. They also add a hint of beauty to complement your holiday décor and tablescapes.
Fire Elements and Entertainment
November is the perfect season to spend time outside. The days are warm and the nights are cool in our California and Pacific Northwest regions. When the temperature starts to drop, heat things up with a personalized fire pit or outdoor fireplace. These elegant fire elements allow both yourself and guests to bask in the pleasure of the firelight and its warmth while enjoying the beautiful fall weather. Gather your loved ones around the warm light of your fire and toast the end of a perfect holiday this Thanksgiving.
One of the keys to being host or hostess with the mostest is to have entertainment prepared. Set up an outdoor game of Jenga or some cornhole boards so that your guests are never bored, or to keep the children both occupied and out of the way. Check out this post for more backyard entertainment ideas.