Gobble, Gobble to HOHOHO … Effortless Covid Entertaining … Outdoors! 😎

Our Family Oyster Table


Dear Friends,

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, we continue our Covid holiday entertaining series. As I suggested in two of our “Ten Steps to Effortless Covid Entertaining” …

“Get creative and think outside the box.” 
“Gather outside as much as possible.” 

In this newsletter, EE offers two menus and recipes perfect for outdoor gatherings … Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other occasion. With either menu, do a little, do a lot, or make it super effortless and don’t do at all. Hire a caterer! Let these menus and suggestions be your thought-starters.

Another concept that you may want to consider … a food truck! Many of our cities have fabulous food truck options. In Charlotte, one of my favorites is Big Red, the pizza truck from True Crafted Pizza. Several years ago we attended an outdoor party with Bid Red and it was fantastic! Consider a Tap Truck too! North Carolina based company Tap Truck NC looks like so much fun and could add a special kick to your party. You could also consider mid-morning Bloodys and Biscuits with a biscuit food truck. In Charlotte, I’ve spied Callie’s Biscuits… looks like a great way to start a Saturday morning! Create a festive Bloody Mary Bar with Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers, and Mimosas.

Other thoughts …

  • If you typically host a big crowd, consider hosting your party over three to four hours, and stagger your guests. Perhaps you could invite your A – G’s for the first hour, H – N’s the second hour, O – U’s for the third hour, and V – Z’s for the last hour. Think what fun it will be for you to more easily visit with all of your guests since fewer will be there at one time!
  • Start early afternoon so you can take advantage of the daylight and warmer hours. You’ll see several recommendations in Sources & Resources. Even though I’ve provided online links, I do encourage you to shop locally for as many products as possible. I include online photos and links as an easy way for me to provide suggestions, but so love it when you can find locally!
  • Take care of bugs. Even if you’re not sensitive to mosquitoes, assume your guests are. Spray before your guests arrive or use organic repellents.

Be sure to refer to the October 8th edition of The Dish for “EE’s Ten Steps to Effortless Covid Entertaining” for helpful considerations, and don’t hesitate to email with questions.

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Gas Tripod

Available here


Available here

Bamboo Cocktail Forks

Available here

Oyster Knives

If you want to be clever, tie an oyster knife in an oyster glove for each guest.
You can give these as a party favor or keep for your next party!


For The Mains

Available here:
Plates  |  Cutlery

For the Sides and Snacks

Disposable Cups
Available here

… Perfect for chips, veggies, and dips

Available here:
Cones  |  Holder


For the Condiments

Consider plastic squeeze bottles and/or individual sauce cups.

Available here:
Bottle  |  Sauce Cups

For the Beverages

Beverage Tub
Contact All Through The House | Call (336) 777-1000


My favorite multi-purpose beverage cup for beer, wine, and cocktails. You can buy already designed or customize. Many of our local paper and stationery shops can order these for you.

Available here
Glass Markers
Available here


Many of our local kitchen and tabletop stores carry these wonderful Vietri napkins … SHOP LOCAL!

Paper Napkins
Capri Dinner Napkins  |  Stripe Cocktail Napkins  |  Plaid Dinner Napkins

For The Tables

 Consider butcher paper, which can be replaced frequently or PVC tablecloths which can be cleaned frequently. 

Butcher Paper
Available here

PVC Tablecloth 
White Plaid | Branch

For The Trash

Disposable Trash Cans 
Available here