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Somehow, the holidays are already right around the corner. And this year’s Thanksgiving celebrations are looking a lot different from celebrations in the past. While we may not be able to be pop over to our favorite home cooks’ house this year, that doesn’t mean an intimate Thanksgiving should be any less delicious or special.
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In fact, we’re here to put forward the idea that even if your usual chef isn't present this Thanksgiving, there’s never been a better time or need for an all-out holiday feast with all of the bells and whistles. It's time to bring out all of the seasonal cheer, without the laborious days spent prepping and cooking in the kitchen (we've had plenty of those perfecting our sourdough already).
There are many ways to celebrate and host an elevated Thanksgiving at home while staying safe. For example, having a complete gourmet Thanksgiving dinner, from turkey to cranberry sauce and apple cranberry crisp, delivered to your door from Martha Stewart's Williams Sonoma bundle, to festive craft cocktail packages from Cocktail Courier (we're eyeing up their Holiday Old Fashioned that's made with spiced orange bitters, oaky bourbon, and warming cinnamon), to a complete dinner party tablescaping set from Social Studies that includes absolutely everything you'd need to put together an aesthetically-pleasing themed soiree, from plates to napkins, to table runners, candle holders, coasters, and florals.
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If the thought of cooking up a huge meal sounds more burdensome than exciting, we have you covered. There's a luxurious and festive mail-order option available for every part of your intimate Thanksgiving 'do.
Thanksgiving Dinner Delivered
Stuffing your face is really what Thanksgiving is all about, and there are several delicious gourmet ways to make that happen without lifting a mixing spoon this year. For a hearty festive meal that hits all the main dishes, we're looking to Martha Stewart's William Sonoma bundle (To buy: $360, Williams-sonoma.com). The menu feeds eight and has everything from a fresh free-range Willie Bird turkey to five side dishes (mushroom, leek, and herb stuffing included). For dessert, there's an apple cranberry crisp.
Want to kick things up a notch? Harry & David has three Thanksgiving feasts available to order, with the most over-the-top option fittingly called the "The Wow Holiday Meal." Yes, there's a delicious ready-to-heat 10lb turkey centerpiece and a spiral-sliced ham with a honey glaze, but it's the side dishes that'll perk your senses. Think: apple sausage walnut stuffing, Gruyère and garlic red mashed potatoes, and brown sugar sweet potatoes. And, because no dinner is complete without dessert, guests can take their pick between American-style apple pie, cinnamon swirl, or delightfully rich baklava. (To buy: $400, Harryanddavid.com).
For a tasty vegan option—think: hassleback butternut squash, rustic ciabatta stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts with oyster mushrooms and garlic kimchi butter, and pear cranberry crisp—there's Purple Carrot's four-person Thanksgiving box. (To buy: $75, Purplecarrot.com)
And for a Michelin-starred Thanksgiving dinner, northeasterners have the option to pre-order and pick up an Eleven Madison Park Thanksgiving dinner across several locations, from Connecticut to New Jersey and the Hamptons. The kit from one of the world's most exclusive restaurants comes in two sizes: for 4-6 people or for 8-10 and includes everything from a chef-quality turkey to brioche stuffing with turkey sausage, figs & chestnut, and Pommes Duchesse with leek fondue (To buy: From $475, Exploretock.com.) Explore Tock for other top restaurants with Thanksgiving kits around the country.
Festive Cocktail Kits and On-Call Wine Concierges
Looking to elevate your home bar this Thanksgiving? For a fool-proof signature drink at your festivities, there are cocktail kits to go that deliver everything you need to whip up delicious drinks at home (jiggers, strainers, bar spoons, and glasses are available too). At Cocktail Courier, you can filter your cocktail kit by spirit, or head straight for the Holiday Cocktails Kit section to find options for every palate, from a wintry take on a spicy margarita (the spiced salt rim offers baking spice and savory notes while the tequila comes with vanilla and oak notes) to unique alcohol-free cocktails like Easy Tidings which comes with smoked saline and dehydrated parsley. Another cocktail delivery service to know is Sourced Craft Cocktails.
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Wine lovers with burning questions ahead of their Thanksgiving dinner can access a 24-hour holiday hotline ran by Maggie Harrison, the winemaker behind Antica Terra, a unique Oregon winery located in the Willamette Valley. From November 19, Harrison will answer all questions regarding wine etiquette, purchasing wine, storing wine, basic questions like the difference between corked and screw-top wines, as well as curating custom wine selections to pair with your Thanksgiving day menu.
Berry Scandi? Hygge Holiday? Decor delivery service Social Studies has a themed tablescape setting for every mood and aesthetic. This year, they've paired up with Campo Viejo wines and luxe Italian designer La DoubleJ to create the ultimate maximalist la dolce vita party set "The Doppio" (To buy: from $52 per guest, Social-studies.com). It includes a mix of the brand's signature Art Deco prints on ceramic salad plates, table runners, and cotton napkins. Rosy gold-rimmed china plates and bowls and textured Mediterranean-blue glasses accented with white-dipped gold flatware, brass candlesticks, and a gold julep vase. All you need to do is tell them the date and the guest count.