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Say Aloha to a Tropical Thanksgiving Dinner (VIDEO)

Considering an out-of-the-box Thanksgiving celebration? Why not start new traditions and rock a tropical Thanksgiving dinner. Read on to find out how!

Perhaps more than any other American holiday, Thanksgiving is associated with a specific menu. Turkey is the main event, attended to by dutiful side dishes like cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and followed by Aunt Gertrude’s sweet potato pie and a medley of other classic flavors. But hey, it’s 2016 — maybe it’s time to break out of the traditional Thanksgiving mold if even just for one year.


6 Ways to Rock a Tropical Thanksgiving Dinner

As temperatures drop and cold winds blow, I keep lapsing into a tropical daydream: I’m lying on a beach taking in the sparkling blue water. A warm breeze sweeps over lush hills covered in purple, red, and orange flowers. I’m sipping something fruity and am far, far away physically and mentally from a single care in the world… Sounds enticing, huh?

Well, not one to totally give up on my dreams, I decided to fuse my tropical fantasy with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. I’m throwing a “Friendsgiving” — a casual friends-only Thanksgiving — this Sunday, and am infusing the flavors and decor with a tropical twist for a totally unique experience.

Inspired by Thanksgiving celebrations in Hawaii, I came up with a simple menu and decor ideas to help get your Tropical Thanksgiving going. Add dishes and decorations according to the island spirit and the number of guests you are expecting.

 

Menu / Decor Recap

 1. Jamaican Jerk Turkey Burgers with Pineapple Salsa

Jamaican Jerk Turkey Burgers with Pineapple Salsa | Ways to Rock a Tropical Thanksgiving Dinner

This Jamaican jerk turkey burgers with pineapple salsa recipe make a great holiday meal – so fresh and flavorful! Yum! If you love Caribbean-inspired food, then this recipe is for you!

 

2. Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Edible Flowers

Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Edible Flowers | Ways to Rock a Tropical Thanksgiving Dinner

These edible flowers add visual appeal to an all-time favorite Thanksgiving side dish – mashed sweet potatoes. Aside from giving your favorite side dish a cheerful garnish and a fabulous look, edible flowers also add flavor!

 

3. Nested Pineapple Centerpiece

Nested Pineapple Centerpiece | Ways to Rock a Tropical Thanksgiving Dinner

How cute is that tiny pineapple? This nested pineapple centerpiece adds more tropical flair to your Thanksgiving dinner table. It’s simple, easy and can be created in less than 5 minutes!

 

4. Gourd or Pumpkin Tiki Torch

Gourd or Pumpkin Tiki Torch | Ways to Rock a Tropical Thanksgiving Dinner

This pumpkin tiki torch is a classic fall table decor. It adds style, creativity, and fun touches to fall decorating. Whether use it indoor or outdoor, this tiki torch is sure to become your favorite fall centerpiece.

 

5. Birds of Paradise Floral Arrangement

Birds of Paradise Floral Arrangement | Ways to Rock a Tropical Thanksgiving Dinner

Elevate the beauty of your Thanksgiving table setting with a gorgeous floral arrangement using birds of paradise. This remarkably gorgeous flower provides an exotic touch and tropical ambiance to your home this holiday season.

 

6. Brightly Painted Pine Cones

Brightly Painted Pine Cones | Ways to Rock a Tropical Thanksgiving Dinner

What a great idea to use these colorful pinecones to decorate your Thanksgiving dinner table. Grab a paintbrush, acrylic paint (of different colors) and pinecones. Dab the edges of each pinecone with paint.

 

And voila! Festive Thanksgiving Dinner fit for island royals.

Ways to Rock a Tropical Thanksgiving Dinner

 

Still want to see how it’s done? Then go ahead and watch this quick video tutorial and get ready to luau in November:

Thanksgiving is so traditionally turkey roasting, gravy, and stuffing. While there’s nothing wrong with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but if you’re looking to break out of the mold – this simple menu and decor ideas are for you. Who knows? These tropical Thanksgiving dinner ideas may just become your new family tradition!

Have you decided which of these tropical Thanksgiving dinner ideas will you incorporate into your holiday celebration this year? Let me know below in the comments!

Looking for an easy Thanksgiving home decor projects? Then check these 14 DIY Placemat Ideas!

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