Posted on November 17, 2021


8 Ways To Get Creative With Your 2021 Thanksgiving Celebration

Fall is here, and with it, thoughts of Thanksgiving gatherings to be close to friends and loved ones. But it’s 2021, so get-togethers call for some creativity. 

With possible food shortages, the traditional turkey may not be available to everyone. 

But that’s ok! How about Cornish game hens or chicken instead? They go with the Thanksgiving-themed side dishes just as well as turkey does. No poultry available? Switch things up with a meatloaf, baked ham, or even lasagna. 

Go all out on your side dishes and desserts. You can’t go wrong with this easy cornbread casserole recipe from AllRecipes:

  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 package of cornbread mix
  • 1 can whole kernel corn (drained)
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl and add to a lightly greased 9×9 baking dish
  • Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees F

Think Outside The Box

  1. Try a tailgate
    There’s always a football game on Thanksgiving, so go with a tailgate theme for your gathering. Make game-day style food like wings (there’s your poultry), nachos, or Little Smokies with BBQ sauce. 


  1. Do a ZoomGiving
    If you can’t get together because of travel issues or concerns over social distancing-go virtual! You can eat your feasts at the same time and have conversations as if they were at the table with you.  


  1. Throw a brunch 
    Create delightful dishes that you all can spend time enjoying together. If you have guests coming, have them each bring a dish and turn it into a potluck brunch. 


  1. Plan a scavenger hunt and let everyone join in
    You can even do it virtually. Create a fun scavenger hunt list to add some pizzazz. 


  1. Take it outside
    If weather permits, have your get-together outside. Not only will you get fresh air, but the CDC says gathering outside has a lower risk of spreading Covid or the flu. Include some games like football, horseshoes, or have a soccer ball handy to kick around.  


  1. Decorate your Christmas Tree
    It’s not too early. Play holiday music and have your friends or family join you. 


  1. Get crafty
    Have a table set aside for kids to do arts and crafts. Let everyone join in the fun and have each person write something they’re grateful for on a strip of paper, then pin them up as decorations. 


  1. Stream the Macy’s Day Parade
    No matter what you’re doing, this annual tradition adds the holiday feels. 


Don’t let 2021 keep you from enjoying Thanksgiving. Even if you can’t celebrate the way you would before, that doesn’t mean you can’t make it special. 

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