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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.
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.
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.
We hope that all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are extremely thankful for each and every one of you!
We hope your Thanksgiving is full of friends and family!
There are so many already aired holiday ads, and the stores have had their winter holiday aisles up since just after Labor Day. Retailers certainly won’t let us forget that the holidays are almost upon us. Our email inboxes are already full of coupons for holiday cards and ideas for holiday meals. So, have you made your appointment for your family holiday photo yet? Are YOU ready for the holidays?
Without putting the horse before the cart, here is a checklist of items you can do now so that you are not overwhelmed as the holiday season arrives.
- Get out your holiday recipes. Check your pantry to make sure you have what you need so you don’t have to run to the store in the midst of holiday food prep.
- Plan your Thanksgiving meal. Order your turkey, if that’s what’s on the menu. Your butcher will thank you for not waiting until the last minute.
- Also plan your holiday baking. You can easily make breads and cookies now and freeze them for future use.
- Buy containers for freezer meals, holiday gifts and baked goods. The stores are full of holiday themed disposable ware.
- Take stock of your china, holiday tablecloths, serving pieces and stemware. If you need additional items you have plenty of time to look for sales.
- Review your address book. Update any changes and count how many holiday cards you need to order. It’s also not too early to start writing your holiday letter.
- Make your gift list and plan your budget. Look through your wrapping supplies and see if you need extra tissue paper, ribbons and bows.
- Make travel arrangements if you will be visiting family out of town. Service your car so that it is ready for the trek to Grandma’s house.
- If you are hosting family, check your supply of extra linens, towels and throw blankets. Schedule carpet cleaning, window washing and a professional house cleaning so that your home is sparkling.
- And finally, don’t forget to plan for a haircut, and a mani/pedi so that you start the holiday season relaxed and looking great.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
If you’re like many of our customers you have been madly preparing for Thanksgiving. You’ve scoured magazines for recipes, braved the crowds at the grocery store and are making lists of all the cleaning you need to do before your doorbell rings this Thursday. You have your formal table décor figured out but what should you do for the little people that will running around your home?
While the kid’s table is the running holiday joke in some families, it is a detail that shouldn’t be overlooked. Here are a few tips on how to decorate the perfect table for your little pilgrims.
Cover a table in brown craft paper. Put crayons out and let the kids create a Thanksgiving masterpiece on the tabletop.
Instead of place cards let each child make an Indian headdress complete with feathers and their name painted on the headband.
Create paper cornucopias filled with Thanksgiving treats at each place setting.
Centerpieces on a kid’s table should be simple. Fill bowls with gourds or mums and embellish with ribbons, raffia and feathers.
And to keep the little ones busy during last minute meal prep please don’t forget to have the most classic Thanksgiving kids activity on hand – holiday movies. We are especially fond of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Miracle on 34th Street or Home Alone.
From our family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!