Planning any meal for a large number of people can be incredibly stressful, and no gathering is as important as your first thanksgiving feast. Impressing your guests is crucial, especially if your descendants are most likely going to spend the next few hundred years robbing them of their land and traditions. Don’t worry, you’re not in this alone. Here are 5 tips to get you started.
1.) Make Enough Food: This might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how hard it is to come by food in 1621. Shoot some ducks and roast them up. The harvest was pretty good, so have your kids grind the corn into some kind of a porridge or something. You’ll have to do without cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes, as they haven’t yet been invented.
2.) Let Your Guests Stay Over: Your guests of honor will most likely be Native Americans from the Wampanoag tribe. It’s a two-day walk from their village to yours, so give them a hand in constructing temporary shelters to stay in for the duration of the feast. They might even kill some deer and bring you venison as a gift!
3.) Plan Fun Party Games: There is nothing like a fun game of Blind Man’s Bluff between meals. Let your children teach English games to the Wampanoag children, and in turn they might teach your kids a thing or two.
4.) Be Polite: A celebration is no time to be trying to convert your guests to Christianity. We get it… you’re Puritans. Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to force your religion on the native people later on.
5.) Give Thanks: Don’t lose sight of the true spirit of the celebration. 1621 was a tough year, but you made it through without losing too many family members. Life is a constant hardship, and the shadow of death looms eminently. Try to enjoy the moment.