The temperatures are down, sweaters are on, pumpkin spice is everywhere, and Christmas decorations are already hitting stores, which means the holiday season has officially arrived! Before we jump into the jolly winter season, there is one big holiday hurdle ahead – Thanksgiving. Everyone loves that special Thanksgiving dinner, but it is no secret that coordinating the annual feast is one massive feat. Fortunately, the folks in Alpharetta have a few tricks up their sleeve for saving stress and celebrating more this Thanksgiving.
Sharpen Your Skills
While Thanksgiving is undoubtably a time for family and friends, at the center of it all is that annual daunting feat: dinner. Whether you are seasoned turkey champ or new to the holiday cooking scene, Alpharetta has all the resources to set you up for success. Our four cooking schools offer an incredible array of fun and tasty courses ranging from basic knife skills to seasonal specialties. Just in time for turkey day, classes include Best of Thanksgiving Recipes, Incredible Thanksgiving Sides with Bon Appétit, Cooking Scrappy: Thanksgiving Leftovers, The Great Pumpkin Dinner and more. Younger chefs can even indulge in a something sweet with a festive holiday cookie decorating class at the American Girl® Boutique and Bistro in North Point Mall. No matter your skill level or palate, the interactive and lively cooking classes at Publix Aprons Atlanta Cooking School, Salud! Cooking School at Whole Foods, Sur la Table at North Point Mall and Williams Sonoma offer something for everyone.
Save Some Time
When it comes to preparing dinner for your family and friends, who says you have to do it all? This Thanksgiving get by with a little help from your friends at Southern Baked Pie Company. Whether you are a host, guest or simply want to share a taste of the Thanksgiving season with someone special, Southern Baked Pie Company has a scrumptious selection for you. Founded in 2012 by Amanda Wilbanks, these pies are family recipes with an all-butter pie dough that will make your taste buds say thank you. Amanda and her team of bakers create sweet and savory gourmet pies utilizing fresh fruit from local farmers and businesses. Ranging in size including whole, petit and bite-size, Southern Baked Pie Company knows just how to make them. While they love visitors in store, they also ship their pies to homes and corporate clients nationwide.
Entertain and Explore More
Entertaining guests in your home can be exhausting. This holiday season take the party from your kitchen to the city! With action packed events and activities such as the annual Lighting of Avalon and Avalon on Ice, there are plenty of ways to show your out-of-town relatives and loved ones an unforgettable time in Alpharetta. Salud! Cooking School at Whole Foods is even hosting a special friendsgiving event for those not able to make it home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Other ways to treat the family include experiencing one of Alpharetta’s signature activities such as Jekyll Brewing, Topgolf, The Cooler Family Skate Center, Main Event Entertainment and more.
As an added bonus, Alpharetta is home to an abundance of cozy and affordable hotels. Be sure to look out for special deals and packages so your friends and family can save big this season on a holiday stay in Alpharetta. Click here for a full listing of all our Awesome Alpharetta attractions.