This year is going to look a bit different no matter how we look at it. And the holidays will be no different. COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our lives, including how we celebrate with each other. Since we aren’t supposed to be having large group get togethers still, we have to get a bit creative. But we still want to keep the costs to a minimum to stick within our budget also. Therefore, we have come up with 2 budget-friendly ways to celebrate Thanksgiving this year and still have a great time with family.
1. Virtual Thanksgiving
I don’t know about you, but all of our birthday parties have been virtual this year. This means that our entire family has missed out on our delicious birthday cakes, unfortunately. But, we have still been able to see each other and celebrate, which is the important part. After all, we are social creatures by nature. So if we lose that aspect of ourselves, it only makes living through this pandemic just that much harder.
Since we have become accustomed to virtual birthday parties, we figured we could celebrate Thanksgiving in the same fashion.
However, instead of the family members drooling over the cake they don’t get to eat, we could put another spin on it.
A good way to achieve this is to talk with your family members ahead of time about a menu. Share and swap recipes, just like you normally would. Try making some of each other’s famous Thanksgiving foods at your house so that you can still enjoy them. If the recipes don’t come out quite how you remember them to taste, then you already have one great talking point for the Thanksgiving celebration.
You could even go one step further and try to decorate in a similar style as each other household. This way, you all feel like you are in the same place at the same time celebrating.
No matter what, make sure you have a good place to place your computer so your family gets the widest picture available during the celebration. And if the virtual calls have been too chaotic for you in the past, then come up with a timeline to do everything synchronistically so you are all on the same page. Therefore, even if you can’t be in the same place at the same time physically, you are still together celebrating the holiday.
2. Celebrate Thanksgiving Outdoor Style
If you really want to get together with your loved ones in person, then the virtual option may not be high up on your list. However, there is still another way to celebrate Thanksgiving together, in person, that might just work for you.
We still aren’t supposed to be gathering in larger groups in indoor, confined spaces. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get together in outdoor spaces instead. This is especially true if you have a larger outdoor area where you can seat family members and serve food.
Ideally, something along the lines of a screened in porch and patio area could work for this. Set up the outdoor patio area with smaller seating sections to help maintain a good social distance. But, to keep bugs and weather off of the food, this can be staged inside a screened in porch area.
One of the best ways to optimize this option, while maintaining social distancing is by setting up different food stations. That way not everyone is gathering around the same food items at the same time. Having a set of aluminum chafing dishes with lids and stands on hand will help with all of the dishes that need to stay warm.
But the best way to maintain the food temperature for hours is with sternos. We used these constantly when I was in the catering industry.
You could also have one table released at a time to go get their food and drinks. This is what is done typically in the catering world, and would work exceptionally well here too.
One of the best ways to layout the stations could be the following:
- Meat station (turkey, ham, chicken, etc.)
- Vegetable station
- Potato station
- Cranberry/fruit section
- Bread/rolls section
- Dessert section
- Hot beverages section
- Cold beverages section
Just by having this many different sections, you are keeping family members from being on top of each other the whole time. But, at the same time, they are getting to spend the holiday together, in the same space, enjoying the same food.These are 2 awesome ways to celebrate Thanksgiving during COVID-19! Click To Tweet
Celebrate Thanksgiving During COVID-19 Summary
Ultimately, how we choose to celebrate Thanksgiving is simply going to look a bit different. But, that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the food and family as much as we normally do. It just means that we need to shift our perspective to whatever this new normal is right now.
And in order to do that, we have 2 different possibilities to continue to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends.
- Virtual Thanksgiving celebration
- Celebrate Thanksgiving outdoor style
Personally, we are leaning towards the latter option just because we would like to be in the same space as our family members. While we love seeing them virtually, there is something more personal about being in the same physical space. But, this doesn’t mean that option will be a great fit for everyone.
No matter what, choose the best option for you and your family to celebrate this year. And enjoy spending the time together, either in person via social distancing or virtually. And as rough as this year has been, try to remember to give thanks for all of the good things that have occurred. Because with the bad, comes the good!
How are you and your family considering celebrating Thanksgiving this year during COVID-19?