How to Host Thanksgiving at Home

Dated: November 18 2020

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The good news: Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie haven’t been canceled. The bad news? You may not be squeezing yourself around a table with 10 of your nieces and nephews to celebrate Thanksgiving 2020. Because coronavirus still makes indoor celebrations a little dicey - and the new CDC Thanksgiving guidelines recommend celebrating indoors only with friends and family who live in your household - you have two safe options for planning your Thanksgiving celebration: an outdoor feast or a virtual one.


1. Get your patio or backyard ready!

Host a Thanksgiving Dinner Party in Your Garage

2. Get a little creative with the menu - think grills and slow-cookers.

Host a Thanksgiving Dinner Party in Your Garage

3. Offer hot beverages to stay warm.

Host a Thanksgiving Dinner Party in Your Garage

4. Plan some (safe) outdoor entertainment.

Host a Thanksgiving Dinner Party in Your Garage

5. Spend some time sharing what you're thankful for.

Host a Thanksgiving Dinner Party in Your Garage


1. Create a decorating scheme - and stick to it!

Host a Thanksgiving Dinner Party in Your Garage

2.  Coordinate menus with all involved.

Host a Thanksgiving Dinner Party in Your Garage

3. Set a place for the computer so everyone can video chat.

Host a Thanksgiving Dinner Party in Your Garage

4. Get creative with family traditions - like online options of your favorites!

Host a Thanksgiving Dinner Party in Your Garage

5. Take turns in sharing what you're thankful for. 

Host a Thanksgiving Dinner Party in Your Garage

Perfect Roast Turkey Recipe


-1/4 pound unsalted butter1 lemon, zested and juiced

-1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

-1 fresh turkey (10 to 12 pounds)

-Kosher salt

-Freshly ground black pepper

-1 large bunch fresh thyme

-1 whole lemon, halved

-1 Spanish onion, quartered

-1 head garlic, halved crosswise


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the zest and juice of the lemon and 1 teaspoon of thyme leaves to the butter mixture. Set aside.

3. Take the giblets out of the turkey and wash the turkey inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers and pat the outside dry. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the turkey cavity. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, halved lemon, quartered onion, and the garlic. Brush the outside of the turkey with the butter mixture and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the turkey.

4. Roast the turkey about 2 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh. Remove the turkey to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil; let rest for 20 minutes.

5. Slice the turkey and serve.


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Janette Friend-Harrington

"Your Legacy Begins At Home" Janette and Doug and their Friend Team have more than a real estate practice; they have a mission called "Your Legacy Begins At Home". The mission combines years of real ....

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