Thanksgiving Table Traditions: Assembly Line, Family Style, or Plated?

You might not think twice about the way you and your family serve Thanksgiving dinner; it’s usually one of many traditions that make the day your own. But if you’re struggling with limited table space or picky eaters this year, it might be time to switch things up.

I have hosted Thanksgiving dinner in my tiny NYC apartment for the past several years. Granted, we’re a small group, but each of my apartments over the years has held its unique challenges. For the one with a small oven we roasted cornish hens instead of turkey. We’ve skipped mashed potatoes for lack of mashing utensils. And because of table space issues, we usually fill our plates in an assembly line fashion right from the cooking vessels.

Given a larger table I imagine we’d bring all the dishes to the table. However, there’s something to be said for a minimalist table with space for candles and decorations, without extra cleaning for serving pieces.

How do you serve Thanksgiving dinner?

(Images: Faith Durand)