Make Thanksgiving A Cinch With Help From Alpharetta’s Shops and Restaurants

In Food + Drink, Shopping
pumpkin pie with pumpkins

While Turkey Day may look a little different this year, there are plenty of ways to make sure November 26th is still memorable. And when it comes to preparing Thanksgiving dinner, who says you have to do it all? Everyone loves that extraordinary Thanksgiving banquet, but it is no secret that coordinating the annual feast is one massive feat. Fortunately, the savvy folks around Alpharetta have a few tricks up their sleeve for saving stress and celebrating more this Thanksgiving. Plus, it is a great way to support local businesses in the season of giving.

Let’s Decorate

pumpkin placeholders

Cornucopias, pumpkins, turkeys, pilgrim salt and pepper shakers— oh my! Want to add something new to the table this year? Head to Downtown Alpharetta’s The Red Hound Gifts where you’ll find unique serving dishes, local pottery and other festive gobble day pieces. Then stroll over to La Bella Maison for beautiful place card holders, fall hued candles, cloth napkins and platters fit for the star of the show – your turkey! Or for the DIY décor of your dreams, Paper Source at Avalon is your next stop. There you can customize your invitations and name cards with the cutest stamps, stickers, stationary and pens available! Still in need of place settings, table decorations, place settings and more? Make your way to Crate & Barrel at Avalon, Sugarboo & Co. at North Point Mall, and Kirkland’s just to name a few!

Save Room For Seconds

thanksgiving meal

Thanksgiving is a holiday where the motto is definitely, “the more, the merrier”, especially when it comes to having an abundance of food options. Turkeys and hams, rolls and biscuits, casseroles and side dishes—we love to have choices on the big day. Obviously planning an expansive menu involves a lot of time, love and skill. To make the menu manageable, let Alpharetta’s restaurants be your sous chef!

Let’s talk turkey. Cooking the perfect turkey can be daunting so let some of Alpharetta’s best bird cookers step in and help. HoneyBaked Ham is famous for their hams, but they also offer deliciously prepared turkeys. For a unique flavor, order Smokejack BBQ’s Jack’s Talkin’ Turkey, an apple brined turkey that is smoked low and slow for hours. Smokejack also offers homemade sides like corn pudding, mac & cheese and cornbread stuffing. For the entertainer who loves to host but isn’t a cooking fanatic, order from The Savory Gourmet Market, where you can order your entire Thanksgiving meal, from appetizers to desserts. Your guests will never know your secret for having the yummiest spread ever! Don’t forget to find the best wines to pair with your Thanksgiving fare at Fermented…now, you are ready to host!

Dish Out Desserts

Thanksgiving just isn’t complete without something sweet to polish off a delectable dinner. Wow your family and friends with a Dutch Cranberry Apple Pie or a Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie from Crave Pie Studio. Or a personalized pie that they can easily take home by ordering miniature pies from Southern Baked Pie Company, individually wrapped and easy to use as a place setting decoration as well! We recommend the Chocolate Chess and Caramel Pecan pies!

For gluten-free dessert options that will still leave you craving more, 2B Whole Gluten-Free Bakery offers miniature pumpkin pies that are as adorable as they are delicious! Finally, for those who are crazy for cake, order a Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake from Piece of Cake.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours…and pass the pie!

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