The holiday season is just around the corner, and Thanksgiving is the perfect occasion to gather with loved ones and create lasting memories. Whether you’re hosting your first Thanksgiving or looking to up your game, we’ve got you covered with some tried-and-true tips for hosting a fantastic Thanksgiving celebration.
1. Plan Ahead
The key to a successful Thanksgiving gathering is planning. Start by creating a checklist of tasks, including menu planning, guest list, decorations, and any home improvements you’d like to make before the big day.
2. Create a Cozy Atmosphere
Set the mood by decorating your home with fall-inspired decor, warm lighting, and a beautifully set table. Consider incorporating DIY centerpieces or handmade place cards to add a personal touch.
3. Perfect the Menu
Thanksgiving revolves around food, so plan your menu well in advance. Include traditional dishes like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy, as well as a variety of sides and desserts. If you have a guest who is vegan or vegetarian, make sure and have a couple of dishes they can enjoy (see below). To help you with recipes, here are some links to popular dishes:
4. Delegate and Collaborate
Don’t be afraid to ask your guests to contribute to the meal. Potluck-style gatherings can be fun and relieve some of the cooking pressure. Let your guests showcase their culinary skills by bringing their favorite dishes.
5. Set the Table with Style
Make your table inviting with elegant tableware, placemats, and cloth napkins. You can also find inspiration for setting a stunning Thanksgiving table here. Do we attach an inspection link?
6. Entertainment for All Ages
Plan activities to keep everyone entertained. Board games, a football match, or a cozy movie screening can be great options. For younger guests, provide coloring books or crafts to keep them busy.
7. Create a Gratitude Tradition
Thanksgiving is the ideal time to reflect on the things you’re grateful for. Start a tradition where everyone shares something they’re thankful for before the meal. It’s a heartwarming way to connect with your guests and create lasting memories.
8. Offer Options for Dietary Restrictions
Consider your guests’ dietary preferences and restrictions. Have a few vegetarian or vegan options, as well as dishes for those with food allergies. You can find some helpful recipe ideas for dietary restrictions here. Add recipe links
9. Don’t Forget the Leftovers
Prepare takeout containers and share the leftover bounty with your guests or have them bring a container with them. They’ll appreciate having a meal to enjoy the next day.
10. Enjoy the Day
Lastly, remember to relax and enjoy the day. Thanksgiving is about spending time with loved ones and creating cherished memories. Take a moment to appreciate the company and the delicious food you’ve prepared.
We hope these tips help you host a Thanksgiving to remember. May your holiday be filled with warmth, gratitude, and the joy of togetherness.
From all of us at Team Kathy Borys, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!