Thanksgiving has always been a holiday of quandaries. How do you cook four main dishes with one oven and a 3pm start time? What’s the best way to change the subject when politics crop up at the dinner table? And why, on this day of all days, are marshmallows considered a perfectly reasonable dinner ingredient?
Thanksgiving 2020 comes with its own unique complications and disappointments, not least how to reinvent the holiday with fewer people in attendance or include those dining via screens. Still, it’s possible to celebrate on a smaller scale, enjoy the feast, and start new traditions.
Consider this your guide to streamlining your prep, downsizing your dishes, and creating entertaining virtual activities — including deploying Zoom’s “mute” function for certain family members.
Assess the Situation
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Get Cooking (and Decorating)
Hosting fewer guests this holiday season due to the coronavirus pandemic? Then try our go-to menu. All the essential dishes are here, just on a smaller scale.Save
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Add Some Extra Fun
You can do so safely during COVID-19.Save
If bottles are to be opened, why not select them with the same diligence you apply to choosing the perfect recipe for mashed potatoes?Save