How to host Thanksgiving in your new home!
The holidays can be a stressful time for any new homeowner, especially, if it is your first time hosting a Thanksgiving dinner. Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with the tips and tricks on hosting Thanksgiving after you’ve moved into your new home.
The best way to stay on top of the holiday to-do list is to plan ahead. Thanksgiving day is focused on the food you eat and being able to spend time with those special to you. So, save yourself the stress and plan ahead.
Somethings you might want to consider are:
- Decorating for the occasion
- Pick out your Thanksgiving menu
- How to fit everyone at the dining table
- Activities for the kids
- Don’t forget to ask for help
- How to save time
Decorating for the occasion
Keep your decor simple. Decorating for fall can be difficult because there are so many options like pumpkins, scarecrows, leaves and more. First, you must ask the question, where are you going to spend the most time in your home? For most families during Thanksgiving, the most heavily trafficked area is the dining room and living room. Ergo, you should decorate them!
Obviously, everyone’s style is a little different, but a good place to start is by shopping around. Visit pinterest to get yourself started and most of all don’t stress about it! Just remember to have fun!
Thanksgiving favorites to add to your menu
The best part of Thanksgiving holiday is the giant food coma everyone shares together as a family. Your Thanksgiving menu should be filled with traditional favorites that you know everyone will like.
Some traditional favorites are:
- Roasted turkey
- Mashed potatoes
- Green bean casserole
- Cranberry sauce
However, if you’re looking to mix things up or if you need to accommodate some dietary restrictions in your family here are a couple suggestions that’ll get you started.
- Gluten-Free Thanksgiving meal
- Vegetarian Thanksgiving meal
- Friendsgiving meal
- Vegan Thanksgiving meal
How to fit everyone at the dinner table
It may seem like an impossible task to fit everyone from your grandparents to your son's new girlfriend at the dining table. But, with these helpful tips you’ll have room for everyone at the table and more.
Tips to fit everyone at the dining table:
- Try to make room by clearing a space so everyone can be together.
- Create a buffet style eating to give your guests the option for second helpings.
- Get rid of your bulking chairs and replace it with a bench for more seating.
- If you are able to, extend your table to allow more room for your guests.
- A great way to save space at the adult table is to establish a kids table.
When dinners over and the kids are running around the house and whining about how bored they are, remember, this could of been avoided. A couple simple activities can help keep the kids out of your hair for all the holidays to come.
Examples of activities for the kids this holiday are:
- Turkey crowns
- Turkey snack bags
- Coloring placemats
- Thankful Jar
- Pumpkin tic tac toe
Ask for help
Just because you are the one hosting the holidays does not mean that it is all on you to make everything perfect. It should be a family affair! A great way to get everyone included in the Thanksgiving preparations is give everyone a job to do. For example, the kids could set the table while the adults start preparing the meals and making beverages.
As the host, you have to remember that you are not alone. It may seem like all of the pressure is on you to make Thanksgiving 2018 perfect, but in reality everyone is just glad to be together. So, take time to enjoy the holiday and don’t stress if something doesn’t go the way it was planned.
How to save time on the day of Thanksgiving
A huge part of the holiday stress for a host is how to fit all of the prep into one day. But, guess what there is something you can do to insure that you have a little extra prep time on the actual day. One thing you could do to save yourself time is to prepare some of your meals a day ahead of schedule. A great side-dish that you could make that will keep well overnight in the fridge is a chive mash potato casserole that you can pop in the oven on the actual day.
By finding these quick recipes, you can save yourself a lot of time in kitchen and get involved in the family time happening out in the living room.
The holidays are the most important time of the year to see family and make memories for years to come. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and remember that winter will be here before we known it.
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