Alternative Ways to Spend Thanksgiving as a Family

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A beautifully set table, a fragrant turkey roasting in the oven, ten extended family members plus their children scheduled to arrive at your Boca Raton home—It must be time for Thanksgiving! But if you’re the mom hosting, it probably sounds more to you like it’s time for a lot of grueling additional work.

This year, my family and I decided to forgo our traditional Thanksgiving celebration and spend turkey day and the long weekend afterwards at Walt Disney World. Having an energetic two year-old, the idea of sitting through a formal dinner reminded me that I would only truly be thankful when the long meal was over.

So, if you’re like us and looking for an alternative way to spend Thanksgiving with your family, then this Boca mom has some great suggestions!

Turkey Day beach stay-cation

Pass the stuffing and pumpkin pie – and don’t forget sunglasses and a bathing suit! This year, opt to spend your family Thanksgiving by the beach. Two local beachfront resorts: Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa andFort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa are celebrating Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 26 with special vacation packages, ocean-inspired feasts and heaping spoonful’s of sunshine.

3800 Ocean, the award-winning oceanfront restaurant at the Marriott Singer Island, is offering guests and local residents alike a choice of three dining options (breakfast, brunch or dinner) for the all-American holiday. AndMcCoy’s Oceanfront, the beachfront restaurant at Marriott Pompano Beach, will host a host a tasty four-course Thanksgiving dinner from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Yep, my suitcase is already packed.

Thanksgiving to go?

If you still want to host Thanksgiving dinner at home, yet have no desire to cook, then this option is for you. Take the hassle out of the holiday by ordering a complete Thanksgiving dinner…to go! Rapoport’s Restaurant Group is offering a home-style, multi-course meal with all the essentials for a traditional holiday feast for families small or large. Instead of slaving over a hot stove all morning, simply hop in your luxury SUV and pick up your order curbside at Bogart’s Bar & Grille at Cinemark Palace 20 (3200 Airport Rd.) on Thanksgiving Day or the afternoon prior.

All orders must be placed by Nov. 23 at 3 p.m.  And, anyone who places their order by November 13 will receive a complimentary pie with dinner. For pricing and to place your order, call 561/826-1791.

Get full, not stuffed

This Thanksgiving, how about challenging your family to a calorie-torching game of touch football in your backyard and then heading to your local farm?Farmer’s Table Boca Raton, that is. This year, the restaurant will be featuring a prix fixe Thanksgiving Dinner menu with a vegan option available from noon until 8 p.m. You’re sure to enjoy a healthy, filling meal without feeling like a stuffed turkey after. The cost is $45 for adults and $22.50 for children. Call 561/417-5836 for reservations.

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours, Boca moms!

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About Michelle

Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of ModernBocaMom.coma lifestyle website for the stylish & modern South Florida Mommy. Modern Boca Mom features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.