Have you been Googling around for ‘template for thanksgiving menu’? Then stop the search, because we’ve got the perfect template for you. And guess what: it’s free.
Thanksgiving will look very different this year compared to previous years. Big family gatherings are no option in most countries. And going for dinner is also, in many places, not possible due to the coronavirus.
So, as a restaurant or hotel, you need to think a little out of the box. How can you help people to experience an incredible Thanksgiving WITH YOU, but in the comfort of their own home? By providing takeaway and delivery Thanksgiving menu options, of course.
This ‘template for thanksgiving menu' idea arose as I was looking at the Google Search results of last year. Many people seem to be looking for Thanksgiving Menu Templates – and I think the template in this blog post will work for restaurants, hotels and home chefs alike. So go ahead, grab it, and use it as you like.
What is Thanksgiving about?
First, let’s learn what Thanksgiving is actually about. Thankfully we’ve got National Geographic and other online resources to help us out here.
“Thanksgiving is a federal holiday in the United States, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It is sometimes called American Thanksgiving (outside the United States) to distinguish it from the Canadian holiday of the same name. It originated as a harvest festival, and to this day the centrepiece of Thanksgiving celebrations remains Thanksgiving dinner.” (Information from Wikipedia).
What to feature on your Thanksgiving Menu?
Okay, we now know what Thanksgiving is about. The next step is to decide what will be on your menu. There are tons and tons of blog posts about this so I’m not going to act like a food blogger here, but generally, people celebrate Thanksgiving with turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, gravy, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Those are the most common Thanksgiving menu items.
If I were to host a Thanksgiving dinner (and I’m not), I would try to give a spin to the traditional. Due to personal preferences, I’d create a vegetarian or vegan Thanksgiving dinner, or make fish the main thing. But you can have it your way. Maybe you can include a sauce that’s typical for your area or a few very nice local items. Or maybe you can partner up with another local supplier, like a local winery, brewery or bakery.
Collaborating with other local businesses is a good idea, especially this year, when you – as a restaurant or hotel – probably have to compete with many other brands trying to cater the Thanksgiving audience at their own homes.
How do you stand out during Thanksgiving?
I’d suggest going all-in with your Thanksgiving campaign. Promote your offering at least 2 weeks before and talk about all the freaking time. Make a Facebook event, post daily to Instagram Stories, bombard your feed with Thanksgiving-related posts and highlight your Thanksgiving Menu over and over again.
Combine that with our Template for Thanksgiving Menu and you’re set up for success. You can also get the complete Thanksgiving Menu bundle from our shop: that one includes the Menu Template, Instagram Feed Templates AND Instagram Story Templates. Basically everything you might need.
You can easily edit the Thanksgiving Menu template (or well: templates!) with canva.com and the bundle is priced at a mere €5,-. Way cheaper than a designer, yet you’re bound to stand out from the crowd. Because no, this is not a template for Thanksgiving Menu on Canva everyone can just grab and use.
More Thanksgiving Instagram Post Ideas
Another tip would be to organize something fun for your followers free of charge. You could organize a virtual Thanksgiving Trivia Quiz, or create a book list, movie watch list or something likewise.
Or maybe you can go behind the scenes (and live) whilst you prepare your Thanksgiving boxes. Invite an influencer to capture the scene to drive up the reach of your content (in exchange for 1 free dinner).
Or ask a local, amateur musician to create a 10-second song about your dinner. There are so many options!
Thanksgiving Instagram Captions
You might also be looking for great Thanksgiving Instagram Captions to go along with these posts. Or Thanksgiving Instagram Quotes. Right? Yep, I’m right. So I decided to go a little crazy and create a list of 65+ Thanksgiving Instagram Captions. From famous quotes to 100% original caption ideas: they're all in there.
I'll be honest and the first to say that it was hard for me to come up with not too many super cliché captions. Thanksgiving is all about ‘being grateful', and ‘being grateful' seems to be directly related to… clichés. Which of course is stupid, since gratefulness and thankfulness are both beautiful things.
I did find a few quotes I really enjoy though, and I did manage to come up with some ideas myself. We added all of them in the downloadable bundle, so you can post them directly to Instagram and Facebook. You can see which quotes and captions I came up with in this blog post,
Here are some of my personal favorite Thanksgiving Captions:
- May your pants be stretchy, may your glasses stay full, and may your Zoom connection be strong.
- Overeating at Thanksgiving is a national tradition.
- Keep calm and pass the gravy.
- Thanksgiving is the meal we aspire for other meals to resemble – Jonathan Safran Foer
- An attitude of gratitude brings great things – Yogi Bhajan
- Thanksgiving Pies before guys
- Movies, food, pyjamas, Zoom and hot chocolate. Thanksgiving complete.
- And of course: You can't live a full life on an empty stomach!
I hope you enjoy our Template for Thanksgiving Menu. Or actually, I should say, ‘templates'. With a variety of options in the bundle, I'm sure you'll find the right Thanksgiving Menu Template for your private dinner party, Thanksgiving Takeaway or Restaurant Thanksgiving Menu!