Hosting a safe Thanksgiving holiday is something that we likely never had to think of before. Beyond perhaps making sure that the turkey was cooked all the way through! But let’s face it, the Thanksgiving entertaining is going to look different for most of us this year. If you’re fortunate enough to have family or close friends to invite over there will be some important things to consider! I’m breaking down a few of them in this post, plus sharing an easy and delicious sweet potato appetizer!
Like most of you, we haven’t had the gatherings that we normally do at our home. But weather permitting we do enjoy dining al fresco. It may just be my husband and me celebrating Thanksgiving this year, but we have a lot to be thankful for and I will try and make it nice!
A flower arrangement with rich fall colors in a brass bucket was my only element of fancy for the tablescape here. On the pea gravel patio out back there are hundreds of droppings from our plumeria tree that add to our Florida fall feel.
Our little loves join us outside and are so happy to be soaking up the sun and fresh cut grass!
This is the time of year that we know why we live here and we hope to enjoy inviting more friends over to be outside soon. If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year, here are some things to consider…
5 Ways To Host A Safe Thanksgiving Holiday This Year
- Limit the number of attendees and guests as much as possible. Be thoughtful in knowing how your guests have been socializing in the last couple of weeks.
- When your guests/family members arrive have them wash their hands. It’s something that we don’t normally think about, but no hand shaking and be aware of social distancing guidelines. Have disposable masks available for those who feel they need them and use touch-free trash cans for tossing out.
- If at all feasible, sit outside. While I realize that isn’t possible for many, do it if you can. If you are able to dine outdoors you should still maintain a reasonable distance when seated. If seating your guests inside, consider having a children’s table for the little ones and have any elderly guests sit further away.
- No buffets and no shared utensils! Plate out everyone’s food for them and serve it restaurant style. If your guests want a second helping you should carefully dole it out onto their plate and be the only one that touches the service. Consider using disposable plates, cups, napkins, flatware. There are some beautiful options these days and I’m linking some below!
- Bathroom etiquette is essential and should be carefully thought out. Be sure to have pump hand soap or disinfecting gel on the counter by the sink. How about some fancy paper guest towels that can be tossed in the trash! If you have a window in the bathroom try to leave it open, weather permitting.
The next day we were outside for more and I changed the look of the table easily with a different bucket!
Keep these disposables on hand…click images below to shop!
Easy Sweet Potato & Marshmallow Appetizer Bites Recipe
The easiest appetizer that you can make, because when I entertain I like to keep things simple. My sweet potato bites recipe takes just 5 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes in the oven and is delicious!
It’s enough to satisfy your sweet tooth and easy to serve to your guests, one by one this year.
Easy Sweet Potato & Marshmallow Appetizer Bites
- 2 sweet potatoes large
- 1 bag marshmallows
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces & halves
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Slice sweet potatoes into 1/2" rounds leaving skin on.
- Place sweet potato slices on a large baking sheet and brush with maple syrup.
- Bake for 10 minutes and flip, then bake for another 10 minutes or until fork tender.
- Switch oven to broil.
- Add one marshmallow to each sweet potato round and broil until top is browned.
- Remove from oven and immediately top with walnut pieces then serve.