Serving Thanksgiving dinner can easily showcase a gracious host’s gift or spotlight the curse that a rookie homemaker may feel comes with the task. Traditionally, the most-anticipated dinner party of the year welcomes generations of family and waves of friends, all looking to gather around endless options of legendary dishes that tell the stories of their lives. Today, as our culture continues to evolve and many of us look to create new traditions, the ceremonial grandeur and execution of holiday dinners isn’t the most en vogue idea. Dinners are becoming more intimate and curated, menus are taking trips around the globe, and personality is key. Here, food enthusiast, influencer and edible exchange savant Erica Key brings her “Eating with Erica” aesthetic to upscale and offers tips on executing a traditional dinner with fresh, modern ease.
Set the Table with Love
After placing your favorite family heirloom serving utensils and fine china, personalize each setting with a note of thanks. Offer guests a personal moment to bask in gratitude. For more flair, design and print the notes in a color palette that embellishes the other elements.
“Holiday traditions are important to me because I get to relive special moments with family. I believe in making every tradition timeless, so my guests, family and friends feel the warmth, comfort and love throughout the holidays while keeping my holiday classy and sophisticated.” -Erica Key
Introduce a New Course
Start things off right, with cocktails and appetizers—like spiced apple mimosas and a seasonal charcuterie board. Set the tone with easy conversation and palate pleasers to usher in good vibes.
Serve Familiar Fare
We understand you’ve developed a taste for the global delicacies in Africa, Europe and South America, but for this savory moment, lean into the classic all-American fare that fed you in your formative years. Tempt your taste buds with old favorites like herb-crusted turkey breast, roasted green beans and garlic bread dressing while adding new touches with seasonings and accompaniments.
Fabulously Simple Apple Cider Mimosas
Champagne or sparkling wine
In flute glass, pour equal parts apple cider, topping with equal parts
Champagne. Garnish with sliced apple and cinnamon stick.