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How to Successfully Host Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is the time of year that friends and family all gather together and celebrate the good things in life. This festive time can be a blast, but it can also become quite stressful when you are hosting it yourself. Hosting any major event comes with its set of challenges. From planning the event, meal prepping, ensuring a good time, and much more, this task can feel overwhelming. In order to have a successful Thanksgiving, you need to plan ahead of time. Here is everything you need to consider making your Thanksgiving flows as smoothly as possible.

Prep the Night Before the Event

Any big event takes time. Try to prepare your Thanksgiving dinner as much as possible the night before the event. Set your table for all your guests and have all the groceries bought. Consider baking anything you can one day prior. The more you can accomplish before the day of the event, the better.

Consider Help

Do not pass up on the opportunity for help. You may have a couple of friends or family members willing to help cook or bring side dishes! Hosting does not mean you need to be Mr. or Mrs. Independent. Allow others to help. This can turn your dinner into a massive feast! With everyone having different assigned tasks, you will be able to focus more time on the event itself.

Relax

Stress can easily make some individuals get agitated when things are not going accordingly. Make sure you do not become a “negative Nancy” when hosting the event. The host energy can contribute to the energy of the entire event. If you are becoming stressed, your guests will be able to see this easily. Relax and have a game plan. From cooking and meal preparation to dessert and after dinner activities, all these should be thought out ahead of time. Just be sure to be adaptable as the day unfolds and make sure to relax.

Planning ahead of time is vital. Remember, your guests will most likely be drinking. It is essential to remember your guests’ safety. Have a plan in place if guests cannot return home or need a place to stay. Enjoy the opportunity to spend time with everyone, and remember to relax.

Holiday Prep

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Hints and Advice, Holidays

It may seem too early, but it’s almost the most wonderful time of the year. We all know how stressful the holidays can be so why not start planning early and actually enjoy the season?

October:

  • Have a family meeting and decide where you will spend Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. Start checking travel sites to find the best prices on airfare and hotels.
  • Make sure your family calendar is up to date. Most teachers are organized enough to tell you in advance when they need treats for Halloween parties, when the holiday concert has been scheduled and when the holiday vacation starts. Plan now for childcare during winter break.
  • Make sure you know what your children want to be for Halloween. This will avoid the last minute scramble to the costume store.
  • Think about holiday cards. If you want to send a family photo have it taken now instead of waiting until the last minute.

November:

  • Start planning your holiday budget so that you can stay on track. If you are on a budget, suggest a Secret Santa  gift exchange with family, friends and colleagues.
  • Start planning your Thanksgiving meal – if you are cooking. By planning ahead of time you can take advantage of sales in your local grocery stores.
  • Pull out holiday decor and assess what to use or toss and replace. Shop sales to find new decorations.
  • Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, but you can find sales all the way to the big day. If you can find time during the weekday to shop do so – stores are less busy.
  • Start wrapping gifts as soon as you buy them. You’ll keep little eyes from seeing gifts early.

December:

  • Make double batches of cookie dough. Now you have extra for holiday parties and school cookie exchanges.
  • Think about sending your holiday cards on-line.
  • Assess your holiday wardrobe. Plan outfits now so you won’t scramble later. Take clothes to the dry cleaner and have shoes repaired.
  • Ship gifts. Skip the post office and schedule an at-home UPS pickup.
  • Instead of throwing a holiday party, have a girls night out instead. Get mani-pedis, drink some bubbles and giggle with your best friends.

Finally, remember the holidays are a time to celebrate and enjoy your family. If you don’t bake all the cookies on your list, or your house isn’t Martha Stewart worthy – don’t worry.