Host A Thanksgiving Dinner Like A Pro

Host A Thanksgiving Dinner Like A Pro

If you’ve never hosted a Thanksgiving dinner before, it can feel intimidating. Hosting comes with a lot of responsibility and a long list of things to do. However, with the right amount of preparation, it can be a breezy task. While Thanksgiving means more dishes than normal, chances are you have mastered most of these classic ones already. It is essential to get all your ducks in a row as far as the menu, the guest list, and the decorations go so you can plan your time accordingly and make the day as relaxing as it can be. The hosts deserve to enjoy the holiday as well, so enlist the help of some extra hands when they’re available. No matter the size of the gathering, remember your guests will be thrilled to spending time with you on this holiday, so don’t get too worked up over the details. So, here are a few tips and tricks that you can follow to make your Thanksgiving a little less of a mess.

Plan It All Meticulously

Planning is important! Take a deep breath, get some paper and a pen. Figure out: how many people will be gathering at your place? Where will the meal be served? What is your comfort level in the kitchen, do you have some go-to recipes? If so, incorporate them into your meal. Plan out your menu, and identify things that can be made ahead of time, and then actually make them ahead of time. If you don’t have any idea what to serve, start with simple recipes and work your way up. Our Thanksgiving deals will come in handy if you’re out of some basic supplies.

Feel Free to Accept Help

Do not be too proud, accepting help is important. Nothing ensures a Thanksgiving hosting disaster like biting off more than you can reasonably chew. If someone offers you a helping hand, say yes! If a friend needs somewhere to go and feels like they need to earn their keep by swinging by the liquor store for wine and beer, let them. Does your nana still want to make her famous cranberry sauce? Yes, please bring it!

Set the Table

You can set the table on the day or several days before hosting Thanksgiving dinner. Not only will it leave you with one less thing to do, it can identify gaps in your tableware situation. Short on some plates? Well, its better to know now than when you’ve got a room full of people waiting for their turn to devour scrumptious Thanksgiving turkey. You may be tempted to go overboard with Thanksgiving decorations. We get it, the lure of Pinterest is strong, but a nice tablecloth, some pretty napkins, and a solid flower arrangement will do just fine, won’t break your bank, and won’t make you crazy either!

Stock Up Groceries

Prep a list. Go to the nearest store. Purchase whatever is on your list. Do this a few days ahead of time, and you’ll not only have time to make the dishes that can be made ahead, but you’ll also have plenty of time to run back to the store for whatever it is that you inevitably forgot. You do not want to be one of those frantic, zombie-like people in the grocery store early Thursday morning having a meltdown about parsnips. Also, do not forget beverages! They’re an important part of this whole equation. Stock non-alcoholic choices for children or those who don’t drink. Latch onto Thanksgiving offers to get everything you need at a highly meager price!

Enjoy Yourself

Probably the most important thing to do on Thanksgiving is to enjoy yourself to the fullest! This beautiful day is all about making sure you don’t look like a mess when guests arrive. Pick out a great outfit early, make sure it’s crisp and clean, also leave enough time to wash the butter, flour and gravy out of your hair and/or your face. Then, as the doorbell starts to ring and your home starts to fill, just follow your carefully prepared game-day plan. And if anything goes off track, don’t panic! everyone is on your side, willing to help and honestly happy that they aren’t hosting Thanksgiving this year themselves.

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