- Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Hosting Thanksgiving, whether it’s your first time or it’s the day you’re “known for”, can be a strenuous undertaking. With the majority of the day focused on food, some details can become lost in the shuffle or forgotten completely. There’s the combination of overnight accommodations for guests, especially if they’re coming the day before and staying with you, on top of the already jam-packed day of preparing food and being a good host.
4 Essential Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving
Prepare Your Kitchen:
Before putting together your list of grocery items, make sure your kitchen is in order. If you’re hosting, this is arguably one of the busiest days your kitchen will see throughout the year, so it’s important you give it special attention and care. Organize your pantry, clean the fridge – make sure there’s enough room for all of the food and dishes!
If you’re taking a step out of your comfort zone by making a dish you’ve never made before, this is the time to ensure you have all the tools that you need! There’s nothing worse than starting a dish and realizing you’re missing something and then getting stuck.
Make Your Lists:
With your kitchen prepped, it’s time to create your menu, keeping in mind if any guests are bringing a dish or if anyone has a food allergy. It’s likely that your list of items to buy is as long as your arm, having a check list will help keep you on track. Your check list will ensure nothing is forgotten, duplicates aren’t purchased or worse yet – purchasing an item that will go unused.
With your shopping list set, create your schedule for the big day – including cooking times! You will also want to touch base with the guests who are bringing dishes. Doing this before they’re on their way will help to cover your bases and that nothing has been forgotten during the shuffle.
Work on Your Dining Room:
Coming in second place to the kitchen, this room is most likely to see a considerable amount of action. Your dining room is more than a table, chairs, and curtains. Take into consideration the table linens, place settings, and tablescape.
If you’ll be using the good china and silver, take them out ahead of time as they will need special attention and prep work of their own. Take inventory of your chairs, do you have enough or will you need more? Will a table for the kids be in order or will they be sitting with the adults? Finally, take into consideration your tablescape and decorations. Consider picking up real mini pumpkins and gourds, they’ll add a nice touch to your décor and you can toss them out at the end of the season rather than storing more seasonal items.
Prepare Your Guest Room:
At this point in your preparations you should know if you’re expecting any overnight guests and if so, how many. Change the bed linens, vacuum, clean the windows and curtains. If you think your guests may require something special, ask them ahead of time so you’re prepared to make their stay as comfortable as possible.
We hope you found these tips helpful and they make a positive impact on your Thanksgiving. We’d love to see pictures of your holiday, be sure to share them with us on Facebook (@liveatstonegate
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