Stay calm, organized, and enjoy hosting this festive holiday with these Hosting Thanksgiving Tips
Are you hosting your first Thanksgiving this year? This is a big milestone for anyone, but it can also be incredibly nerve-racking. Or perhaps past hosting experiences have been a disaster, creating a halo of anxiety around the day.
Either way, if you are panicking, DON”T. With these tips you will be able to handle the day with confidence and pull it off like a seasoned pro.
Hosting Thanksgiving Tips
Never Turn Down Help
Let friends and family bring things, it is the ultimate potluck after all. Doing this not only takes a lot off your plate but it makes your company feel good about being able to contribute. Then, when your guests arrive and are eager to help don’t be afraid to delegate. Have grandma put together the gravy while uncle Sam carves the turkey. Again, it helps you and lets everyone be involved.
If guests need ideas on what to bring for dessert direct them to one of these recipes to try:
Start Early on Non-Food Prep.
Pull out dishes, silverware, serving bowls, tablecloths and anything else that may need to be cleaned well in advance. Set the table the night before so you don’t have to worry about it the day of.
Don’t Worry About Appetizers
Dinner is going to be a big meal so don’t stress about having an abundance of complicated appetizers. Have someone else be in charge of bringing them or put out some store-bought crackers and dip. Hummus is always a good and healthy choice. I have been loving this spinach and artichoke flavor!
One of the things about thanksgiving that always stresses my mother out is the leftovers. After all the feasting is done packing up the food NEATLY and being able to stack it NEATLY in her perfectly organized fridge causes her way to much anxiety. (She is a bit of a neat freak if you can’t tell and really hates clutter!)
The Solution; send everyone home with the leftovers. To make this super easy grab some inexpensive containers when you’re at the grocery store. When dinner is over give them to everyone and have them pack up what they want to take home with them. Problem solved.
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My #1 tip is Make Ahead Dishes
When devising your master list of all the dishes you will be serving choose as many as possible that are make ahead friendly. Make them in advance and store in there appropriate locations. This way you can do the majority of the work ahead of time. On the day of thanksgiving, simply heat your food up and bring to the table. This allows you to actually enjoy your company with a lot less stress.
A few make ahead friendly Ideas for you:
Cauliflower cherry Salad ( replace cherries with a season fruit like cranberries or pears)
When preparing your make ahead dishes, do so in nice looking casseroles that can go from oven to table. This will help you in a number of ways. It eliminates the need to transfer food into different serving dishes cutting down on time and the amount of dishes you have to wash. It also makes for instant table decor.
I love a classic casserole like the one below by Staub.
So there are 5 of my top Hosting Thanksgiving Tips. Take a deep breath, have a plan, and remember, no matter what happens being surrounded by the ones you love is the most important thing.
Questions for you:
Have you ever hosted Thanksgiving?
Are you hosting this year?
Favorite Thanksgiving side dish?