Freshen Up the Festivities

Freshen Up the Festivities

Food & Drink

Freshen Up the Festivities


When the Fourth Thursday in November rolls around again, and you brace for the arrival of family and friends, do you pull out the same old table runner, napkins and ceramic turkey candlesticks? Do you dust off the Autumn Harvest center piece your Aunt Julie gave you years ago and reach for the same old platters, bowls and turkey baster?

Is it perhaps time to shake things up with a little something new and different?

We’ve rounded up what’s new and trendy for this year’s Turkey Day celebration. New cooking tools and gadgets for your holiday consideration, plus a few fresh decorating ideas.

The Simply Mash Potato Masher from Chef’s Planet has an ergonomic design that is easier on the hands and wrists, requires no pounding, and creates soft and fluffy mashed potatoes. Find it at Amazon for only $9.99 >>

100% organically-grown bamboo bowls by Bambu. Available in 8 colors, these bowls are coiled by hand, shaped and given a durable food-safe waterproof finish. Branch Sustainable Design, $34.00 >>

Through an easy-to-handle syringe, this stainless-steel tool inserts marinades and other liquid flavorings deep into foods before cooking. It’s ideal for roasting turkeys. Flavor Injector at Williams-Sonoma, $19.00 >>

Build and decorate your perfect turkey. 9 piece set includes: pilgrim hat, turkey head, pilgrim collar, 4 trail feathers, 2 wings. Everything you need except the pumpkin. Turkey in a box decorating kit, $15.00 >>

This neat contraption makes perfect stuffing every time. Place your stuffing into the metal cage, insert the cage inside the turkey, roast the meat and when the meat is fully cooked, remove the cage. The Stuffing Cage, $9.99 >>

Expecting lots of house guests this holiday? These disposable (and biodegradable, and compostable) dinnerware pieces are designed for elegant entertaining and turkey leftovers. Biodegradable Plates, 50 for $9.00 >>

Invite your little Pilgrims to come to the table early and craft up some fun and festive Thanksgiving decorations. We love these printable place cards from Thankful Cards, free! >>


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