The holidays are coming. So are the relatives. There is no way to avoid the situation and sooner or later, there is a holiday meal for a larger group than the travel trailer can comfortably accommodate. What then?
There is no option but to pray for good weather.
It’s going to be holiday al fresco. It’s a good thing our crew is moderately outdoorsy, I suppose!
But, even if the weather is less than cooperative and the relatives too, it’s possible to create a portable dining room for the temporary occasion. No matter where you are! If you don’t want to purchase and carry such an item, there is also the option of borrowing or renting them. Many rental centers catering to parties and weddings will have small canopies as well.
Portable canopies provide overhead protection, but you can also purchase side walls. Even screen side curtains. In just a few minutes, and less than $200, you have created a temporary, quick, and compact storing temporary room. (Check out Hut Shop-I’ve not bought from them, but they had the lowest prices I could find on 11/14/2010) Add a folding table, folding chairs and bingo…holiday dining that’s not so al fresco!
If its too cold for Granny’s tastes, there are temporary solutions for that too. (Besides telling her to put on her long johns and a jacket!) There are portable electric heaters, such as oil filled radiators and ceramic heaters. The ceramic heaters are more compact and less expensive. There are also non-electric ones that would work even when camping or boondocking, such as these portable butane heaters or propane heaters that use disposable tanks or even larger ones that use the 20 lb refillable tanks. Cozy dining coming right up!
Now, cooking a turkey in a RV oven is impossible, unless you are baking turkey burgers! What then? How about a portable roaster? The turkey won’t brown, but it will always turn out deliciously moist. For added measure, it can be placed outside in your portable dining room to cook, freeing up valuable interior real estate for other things, such as that sweet potato pie and fresh bread!
Despite the temporary nature of your dining room, it doesn’t mean omitting details such as table cloths, centerpieces, etc. Those things can still happen too. Paper tablecloths can be used–they are inexpensive and disposed of after the event. Your centerpiece can be anything you’d normally use in a home, just keep in mind, in this case, you may not be saving it for use in the travel trailer at a future date.
Holidays can break the budget to pieces, especially when needing to purchase a number of items. In our case, we have the tables and chairs because we camp. We may choose to opt for cornish game hens, roasting the bird on a grill, or smoking it. We might opt for a turkey breast instead of the whole bird. It’s not been decided for sure yet. We’re having a relatively small dinner–we’re only serving six people unless there are some last minute additions to the table.
In any case, it will be an interesting and enjoyable experience to share with family.