Entertaining a large group for Thanksgiving can be a lot of fun. However, it can also be overwhelming, if you don’t prepare!
By following our tidy tips for turkey day, you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy your company, knowing that you have already set up your home, your food, and your schedule to cut down on rushing. Make the most of your time with friends and family.
Prepare for Guests
Whether you’re having a big group of people over for Thanksgiving, or just a handful of guests, it’s more people than you usually have in your home and it can be stressful for even the most experienced entertainer.
By getting your house ready for guests early, you’ll solve potential problems before they have the chance to pop up. This is a good way to make the Thanksgiving experience better for yourself and your visitors.
Think about the things your guests might need. What do they typically ask you for? Make sure you get those items ready before the party. Fill up a basket or box in your bathroom with commonly used bathroom items, like extra dental floss, toothpicks, rolls of toilet paper, spare toothbrushes, and pain relievers.
You can do the same thing with the kitchen items people will need, from extra napkins to spare spoons!
Keep Dinner Simple
Your Thanksgiving can be both simple and delicious if you plan in advance.
Get your food prepped beforehand. This might mean baking pies and rolls before the party and keeping them frozen or refrigerated, ready for reheating on the day. Make mashed potatoes and easily-reheated sides the night before. If you own a slow cooker, use it to cut down on your time in the kitchen.
You can even ask your guests to bring one or more dishes. When it’s time for dinner, you’ll have less hands-on work!
Come up with a good system for getting dishes washed and dried quickly. You can corral younger family members into helping out. Promising an enticing reward might help!
When you’re getting ready for Thanksgiving, make sure you take time to spread the good cheer along to others. If you have leftover food at the end of the evening, consider donating it to people who are going hungry over the holiday.
You might want to plan in advance to make and deliver extra food to a soup kitchen. Helping others in this way is one of the best ways to celebrate what Thanksgiving is all about.