DON'T FORGET GREAT DRINKS
Since Thanksgiving-style food often tends to be salty and rich, aim for drinks that lean acidic. A citrus-heavy punch makes for a nice centerpiece, and a handful of rosemary can subtly shift the flavor towards autumn. It also makes a great non-alcoholic option. Another nice autumnal beverage option, which I picked up from Julia Turshen, is a bourbon Old-Fashioned sweetened with maple. If you want to get real wild with your blender, custom milkshakes can be really fun, with flavors like pumpkin pie, cranberry, maple walnut, or whatever you can come up with. And pro tip: Red SOLO cups and the clear SOLO cups you bought for parfaits are great as cocktail and milkshake glasses, so you can keep your costs -- and your cleanup duties -- to a minimum.