The holiday season is about to kick into high-gear with Thanksgiving Day right around the corner. What are your plans for one of the most American of all celebrations? Perhaps an early dinner of turkey, stuffing, and side dishes with the entire family, followed by copious amounts of napping and football game watching. Or maybe you’ll spend the day planning your shopping strategy for all of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.
Why not take this long weekend as a time to get creative with where and how you celebrate? From dreamy theme dinners to large dinner parties in private lounges, think outside of the typical Thanksgiving box, have some fun with tradition, and impress your guests with your keen eye, good taste, and impeccable hosting skills.
Here are 5 creative ways to celebrate Thanksgiving:
A Beachy Thanksgiving
Those lucky enough to live in warm-weather climates with access to the beach can bring the sea indoors for an unforgettable Thanksgiving dinner with a twist. Decorate with natural elements like seashells, palm fronds, and glass vases filled with sand for a nautical theme. Forgo the traditional turkey and wow your friends and family with a seafood tower or fruits de mer tray. Imagine living in one of the modern and sleek homes at Missoni Baia and enjoying this meal after a day in the luxurious pool or sunning on the beach. Talk about an immersive theme!
Over-the-Top Game Day
No more huddling around a single screen as family members move to and from the living room with plates of leftovers walking in front of the TV. Take post-Thanksgiving game viewing to the next level. While you could purchase or rent a large screen with a state-of-the-art sound system, places like Brickell Flatiron already have this equipment built-in. In these Miami condos, reserve the theater to watch a little football in style with fantastic acoustics and stadium seating, all with a touch of a button on an app. Plus, this leaves space for the non-sports fans to enjoy the rest of the wine and nibble on snacks in the apartment itself without interrupting the viewing.
Old-School Dinner in Grand Style
Many living rooms aren’t equipped to handle large crowds. That’s not true in places like The Bryant in NYC, where massive triplexes can hold several dozens of your most intimate friends. But buildings like The Bryant also hold amenities that are perfect to utilize on special occasions. And since food and conviviality are the main events during Thanksgiving, take advantage of the Terrace Club Lounge. Even though it’s just an elevator ride away for residents of The Bryant, it feels like you’ve taken a trip to one of the hippest hotels in the world — after all, it’s designed by the team behind the NoMad and Ace Hotels. Make your Thanksgiving a dress-up occasion and invite guests to dine in a cavernous space with 15-foot ceilings in the lounge’s private dining room with some cocktails around the inviting fireplace.
Go Out on the Town … At Home
Many families choose to relinquish time in the kitchen for time spent in the confines of a gorgeous restaurant while being served instead of doing the serving. What if that restaurant was in the building you live in? At One Dalton in Boston, residents actually are in living in a Four Seasons hotel with the world-class Asian restaurant Zuma on-site. When you live there, put down the whisk and pick up your phone to make a reservation.
Thanksgiving doesn’t need to be a stress-filled day with lots of obligations. It’s OK if you just want to kick back and relax. Invite some friends over and lounge in the lounge with a bottle or two of wine and some good company. The Chatsworth on the Upper West Side of Manhattan has a lounge with a wine fridge where you can do just that. And isn’t that something to be thankful for?