Mild autumn weather offers a wonderful opportunity for an outdoor Thanksgiving gathering. Rather than being crowded within the confines of your home, an outdoor Thanksgiving event gives you more room to spread out and enjoy your celebration with family and friends. How can you ensure outdoor Turkey Day festivities go off without a hitch?

Plan Your Menu and Seating In Advance

Rather than waiting until the day of the event, prepare your tables and seating setup in advance. Consider all the options that might work for your outdoor space. This could be one or two large tables or several small tables. A buffet set up, drink, and dessert stations are another option to tabletop fare. Decide on tableware and centerpieces, assembling and storing them nearby for quick setup Thanksgiving morning. Decide on the menu you will be providing, and whether you’ll be delegating any cooking tasks to family and friends.

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Be Prepared for Weather-Related Snafus

The last thing you want is to be squeezing diners into an unprepared home due to off-weather on Turkey Day. Create a welcoming dining space regardless of the weather with the help of your StuXure adjustable aluminum pergola. Our state of the art systems allow you to accommodate outdoor dining year-round, providing the perfect place to enjoy a holiday meal and relax with family and friends. Should unexpected weather take your Thanksgiving event by surprise, a quick adjustment to pergola louvers ensures a comfortable, drip-free dining experience. When the weather clears, reopen your louvers and let the sunshine in on your event. 

Do Some of the Cooking 1-2 Days Before the Event

Lighten your Thanksgiving load, freeing up oven and cooktop space the day of the main event by beginning some cooking tasks a day or two in advance. Side dishes like mashed potatoes, casseroles, and many desserts are easily made ahead and stowed in the fridge in oven-friendly containers.

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Watch the Clock on the Big Day

Get your turkey into the oven, ensuring plenty of time to rest before dining.  Reheat vegetables and side dishes made the day before to serve alongside your turkey. Before guests arrive, tackle and last-minute setup and décor to-dos.

Stop sweating the holiday seating arrangements. Spread out and enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday outdoors beneath the comfort of an StruXture adjustable aluminum pergola. Contact StruXure Denver to learn more today.

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