Thanksgiving is a great time to celebrate the things that matter most: family, friends and (good) food! It isn’t a religious holiday, just a time to give thanks for all the wonderful things we have in our lives.
If you’re planning on hosting Thanksgiving this year, we thought we’d share some of our favourite tips to make Thanksgiving a little bit easier (especially if it’s your first!), and a lot more memorable.
1. Invite your friends!
Thanksgiving is a time to gather all of those you love together. This year, why not extend the invite to your friends, especially ones who may not have family in town to celebrate with. Show the people you love just how thankful you are for them!
2. Skip the turkey and grab some chickens.
Finding a Halal turkey is not easy; they seem to always be sold out at Halal butchers. If you do find one, it might be frozen, and you could end up trying to frantically thaw a frozen turkey the night before. (We’ve been there … trust us, it’s not fun.) We recommend skipping all the turkey trouble and getting a few chickens instead. They’re cost-effective, easier to get, and quicker to cook.
3. Personalize your place settings.
Make your Thanksgiving dinner personal by showing your guests they have a special place at your table and in your heart. We love little personal touches like place cards, even for a family dinner, but we’re super keen on bringing a seasonal feel to the table by painting each guest’s name on a mini pumpkin. Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween, so you could even keep the pumpkin theme going by using a big one as a centrepiece.
4. Mix up some fall-inspired mocktails.
Believe it or not, there are fall-themed drinks beyond the pumpkin spice latte! Having a themed drink makes any party feel extra seasonal, and there are so many great fall flavours to choose from: apple, cranberry and pumpkin (of course). There’s also some classic spices that will compliment your mocktail perfectly, like cinnamon and ginger. We like these suggestions from POPSugar, but if you’re feeling adventurous, try mixing up your own blend (just share the recipe with us afterward, please!).
5. Bring on the pumpkin pie.
No Thanksgiving dinner is truly complete without one, just make sure the crust is made from vegetable shortening – not lard – if you’re buying a pre-made crust, to keep it Halal. Not a fan of plain-old pumpkin pie? Try this Indian-spiced pumpkin pie by adding garam masala, ginger and cinnamon (drooling just thinking about this!). We’ll give bonus points to anyone who makes a pie and a centrepiece out of the same pumpkin!
What’s your favourite way to show loved ones you’re thankful for them? Let us know over on the Zabiha Halal Facebook Page!