Do you feel like cooking Thanksgiving dinner for a small group doesn't count, especially if it's just you and the kids? I encourage you to rethink that approach. Small Thanksgiving dinners can be warm and wonderful. The tips below will help you combine tradition and simplicity. And remember, you can prepare a small Thanksgiving dinner without spending more money, time, or energy than a regular family meal. So don't waste your money on dinner reservations at a fancy, expensive... restaurant. Give these small Thanksgiving dinner ideas a try, instead.
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Tips for Preparing the Turkey
Fortunately, you don't have to buy a huge turkey that takes an entire day to cook. Consider buying a small turkey breast that you can prepare in the crock pot, or even turkey cutlets. Leftovers can also be frozen and enjoyed at a later date. And speaking of frozen ... it's even possible to purchase a frozen, prepared turkey that goes right in your oven!
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Tips for Preparing Side Dishes
Keep your list of side dishes manageable and try to prepare one or two ahead of time, if possible. Remember, too, that there is nothing wrong with choosing a few simple family favorites. With small Thanksgiving dinner ideas, the meal doesn't have to be complicated to prepare. In fact, you can even get the kids involved in the preparation.
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Tips for Preparing Desserts
Dessert sets Thanksgiving apart from other holidays. With pumpkins, apples, and cranberries to celebrate the harvest, there are many options to choose from. Choose a dessert you'll enjoy, and select a recipe that will be easy to make alongside your children.
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Incorporate New Traditions
Finally, be sure to include some new traditions as you think of more small Thanksgiving dinner ideas.
- Invite another single parent family to join you for the main meal or just for dessert
- Take a walk after eating dinner; it's a great way to break up day and get some exercise
- Better yet, play a game of touch football with your kids!
- Watch your favorite movies
- Or spend the evening getting ready for the winter holidays by making homemade Advent calendars or DIY holiday ornaments