Thankfully, it’s not necessary to be a master chef or own a grand manor to create a fun and successful affair.
Begin by deciding on a menu. At Uptown Grocery Company, 1230 W. Covell in Edmond, chef Jermiah Duddleston believes in keeping the options fresh and simple.
“Use tried-and-true recipes,” he said. “You don’t want to get too complicated, because then you are stuck [if something goes wrong].”
Duddleston noted the importance of planning ahead. Make sure to have all ingredients at least two days before the event. And have plenty of butter on hand.
“If you don’t have it, you will miss it,” he said.
One of his main jobs during the holiday season is cooking Uptown’s prepared meals.
“We sell a lot of holiday meals,” he said. “It takes a lot of the guesswork and stress out of it.”
Uptown sells a gourmet turkey dinner that includes a 10- to 12-pound, oven-roasted bird; six sides; and pecan pie. It serves eight for $70; standard and deluxe versions vary in cost.
Spiral ham and prime rib dinners — $50 and $70, respectively — are available for those not keen on the traditional turkey.
Orders must be received by Monday for Thanksgiving and Dec. 18 for Christmas. Call 509-2700 or visit uptowngroceryco.com.
Need some ideas on table decorations? Just step outdoors for inspiration. Event planner and florist Allison Williams of The Fleuriste, 9119 N. Western, suggests creating an arrangement from easily available natural elements.
“We are big fans of everything organic,” she said. “People can get things in their yards like fall leaves and branches. I love the approach of including the kids.”
Williams suggested making pumpkins and gourds into fun centerpieces. She advised painting a lacquer on the outside to give them a nice sheen. Add some flowers, candles or nuts to add texture.
“We have so many great trees here in Oklahoma,” she said. “It feels like a candy store because we have so much at our fingertips.”
If you can’t find any blooms in your backyard, The Fleuriste’s floral cooler contains unique and colorful single-stem flowers.
Weaving fall hues into table linens is another way to keep the color palette interesting. Marianne’s, 225 W. Britton, carries all types of party rental items.
“It’s very popular [now] to not to be as formal as [years] before,” said Kaylie Henderson, event planner at Marianne’s. “People are more organic and using more earth tones for linens.”
According to Henderson, the napkins and flowers can provide a pop of bright color. Those are apt to change, given the season.
“Colors like eggplant and burnt orange are [in],” she said. “People are venturing out a lot more.”