Entertaining family and friends at Thanksgiving is a beautiful fall tradition, but it shouldn’t become a source of stress for the host. With a bit of preparation, some new fun ideas and a few classics you can host a celebration that’s sure to impress. Follow these five tips for a successful Thanksgiving dinner:
1. If possible, get a head start:
Once the invitations have been sent, jot down the list of items you’ll need for the festivities. Many can be bought before the big day. Put out extra chairs and install your table extensions the night before. It’s also a good idea to prepare and cook some dishes beforehand if you can. Be strategic and develop a game plan for the order things should be cooked in the oven.
2. Ask for help:
Your guests will usually be family members and close friends. There is no shame in asking for help in serving drinks, preparing salad dressing, or basting the turkey — most will be happy to help, and some may even offer ideas you hadn’t thought about.
3. Plan a warm welcome:
The weather is definitely cooler at Thanksgiving, so why not welcome guests with a delicious hot drink? Keep the autumn theme by brewing up Green Mountain Hot Apple Cider Mix in K-Cup pods for the Keurig system. Made from real apples, brown sugar and cinnamon, this fall mix will take the chill off while its sweet aromas create a sense of instant warmth.
4. Decorate simply:
This year, don’t fuss with fancy tablecloths and napkins you’re afraid will get dirty. Instead, use kraft paper and let kids and adults have fun by drawing their own designs right on the paper. You can even write your guests’ names at their assigned place. This DIY touch cost next to nothing and is sure to please.
5. Clean with moderation:
Don’t stress out too much about your house being spotless before guests arrive. Focus on the rooms where people are most likely to go, such as the front hall, bathroom and dining room. The kitchen isn’t worth fussing about because it’s bound to get dirty with all the cooking going on. And remember, your guests are coming to see you not to inspect how clean your closets are!