FIRST TIME HOSTING THANKSGIVING – MAKE IT A SUCCESS WITHOUT THE STRESS!
First time hosting can be a huge stressor! Of course, you want to enjoy the holiday and make it the best it can possibly be – but y’all it can be a lot of pressure! This year, whether it’s your first time hosting or 100th, I want you to relax, sit back and enjoy the holiday, as little or as much as you can. Today, I’m going to share with you some tips to remember, when planning for the best Thursday of the year – and a little tip – it starts with planning ahead!
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Starting early on your decor, and on your non-food prep is a must! Any dishes that you are making that you are going to use, serving platters, silverware, drinking glasses, chairs, linens & things – all of that fun stuff make sure to plan out 1-2 weeks in advance! Count them out, count them again, and make sure there will be no surprises the day of! No one needs that extra stress!
It’s nice to get a little festive around the holidays, and it’s always nice to add extra decor touches here and there. As fun as it can be, it can be time-consuming and meticulous and you do not want to wait last minute to spruce up the room and table. The night before – make sure that the table is set and ready to go. The week of, think about the decor elements you may want, like a centerpiece or some florals, gather them, and start to decorate in spurts so that it’s not overwhelming, and you have the time to do so!
3. PLAN YOUR MEALS, THEN DOUBLE IT
You cannot go wrong with making extra food for Thanksgiving. I mean, it is a feast, right? About 3 weeks before, so now, grab a list and start planning. A trick of the trade – don’t make anything you haven’t made before!! This is not the time to try out the new recipe you have been dying for. Of course, the thought is there, and maybe if you have some helpful friends & family you can give them that recipe to try – but for you, stick to what you know! Thanksgiving is all about tradition, and as long as you have the turkey, cranberry sauce, yams, stuffing, gravy, and a vegetable – I think you’re good to go! Plus, make sure to get any liquors & soft drinks that you will need 1-2 weeks ahead of time!
4. ASK FOR HELP & ACCEPT IT
Thanksgiving is a time of gathering, harvesting, and giving thanks, and y’all it’s time to reach out and accept some help and even ask for it! Just because you’re hosting, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holiday yourself! Let people help you. More than anything, grabbing the extra help can give you more time to spend with your loved ones and can make the holiday that much more special.
5. DON’T GO CRAZY OVER APPETIZERS
Listen, we all love a good appetizer, but it’s not necessary to go overboard with them! There is so much cooking and eating, you don’t want your guests to be too full to enjoy the grand feast ahead. Your guests will be impressed by you, you don’t need to splurge with both money ad time on those five extra appetizers, because the less appetizer means more room for dinner!
We all love a good dessert. Just like the meal, stick to the basics. Go in with a cherry or pumpkin pie, or if you want to experiment here, this is probably a safer option to do so. A great idea if you really are short on time is to again, ask for help, and maybe suggest having each family bake or bring their favorite dessert? I mean, who doesn’t love a dessert feast too?
7. CLEAR THAT DISHWASHER
This is one of those things that you may forget to do – and y’all it is so important. Make sure you have an ample amount of space to place all the dinnerware in the dishwasher. You don’t want to be surprised and stuck with a sink full of dinnerware that you now have to clean before the next meal. Make sure you have all your cleaning supplies ready, and that dishwasher clear, I promise this will literally be a lifesaver.
Although this sounds the simplest, it’s often the hardest! The most important thing about Thanksgiving, is to enjoy it with loved ones. Don’t overthink the day. In the long run, no matter how you do it, it will be perfect and your guests will have enjoyed their time. These holidays are all about being thankful for what you have and for those around you, and make sure to remember that throughout all the hectic moments of the day!