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Planning a vegetarian Thanksgiving with an autumn feel

Thanksgiving traditions typically involve a roasted turkey, but there are alternatives that can help vegetarian families celebrate the holiday meat-free. Planning a vegetarian-friendly Thanksgiving can be as simple as looking up a few new recipes and coordinating dishes with loved ones.

Tofurkey is a popular vegetarian alternative produced by several manufacturers. The dish is composed of vegetarian protein that roasts in a similar fashion to turkey. The meatless main course has also become popular during other holidays as well. It's often being referred to as a Celebration Roast.

Vegetables make for a filling side dish, suitable for any large family dinner. Hosts are encouraged to coordinate vegetable side dishes with their guests to create a wide variety to choose from come Thanksgiving Day. Sweet potatoes, corn and squash are all popular fall vegetables that can add a seasonal touch to the big dinner.

Gold glitter serving pieces can make for an eye-catching way to serve the healthy fare. Shimmering bowls, serving trays and ladles can all put guests in the holiday spirit. Seasonal dinnerware is not a necessity, but it is a great way to make an impression on guests.

Thanksgiving party supplies can help set the mood as well. Hosts can buy disposable paper goods, such as elegance plates and beverage napkins, to make for easy clean-up. Supplies that include decorations, such as turkeys and pumpkins, can give guests a taste of fall. Hosts can even reuse seasonal Halloween decor as well, without the ghosts and goblins.

Plasticware makes clean-up a little simpler after the dinner, but it can still contribute to the overall theme. Utensils don't have to come in bland white - forks, knives and spoons in shades of red, yellow and orange can complement the place setting. When it comes to plastic cups and glasses, hosts can consider charms. Wine charms with turkeys or leaves can keep after-dinner drinks seasonal.

Elegance table covers for the big dinner can also add a classy touch. Decor in gold and deep red hues can give an autumn feel to the overall event. To add the finishing touch, hosts can look into purchasing a center piece. A decorative fall leaves piece can go a long way when it comes to impressing guests. Creativity can make the event a Thanksgiving to remember.

If there are going to be a number of children at the party, one adult can volunteer to play dress-up for entertainment. Halloween isn't the only holiday for costumes - adults can easily find a turkey costume during this time of year as well. A costume appearance can help children bridge the gap during the holiday season as they await Santa Claus.

Hosts should send out invitations, specifying that the meal will be vegetarian, at least two weeks before the holiday to plan accordingly. Halloween decorations, such as pumpkins, may also be on clearance when November rolls around. These can make for ideal Thanksgiving decorations and add the final touch to a celebration. 

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