Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be both exciting and stressful, especially for new homeowners. Between coordinating the menu, decorating, and accommodating loved ones and friends you’ll have a lot on your plate, literally! Plus, as a new homeowner, you’re likely still trying to establish a rhythm with your new rooms, set-up, and appliances.
I believe that hosting can be stress-free for all parties involved. In preparation for this beloved American holiday, I’ve put together a list of Thanksgiving-friendly hacks to make sure that you and your guests end the evening with hearts as full as your tummies.
1. Appliance Test Drive
New homes have appliances that are much more efficient and effective. I learned this the hard way when I moved into my Woodside home. My old clunker of an oven at my previous residence took eons to bake my family’s favorite lasagna. So, I was surprised when I started smelling smoke from my lasagna in my new oven. It did the job quickly! Check in on your holiday dishes early and more frequently as you get accustomed to the efficiency of new appliances.
2. Make a List
A lot goes into preparing a Thanksgiving meal. From the place settings to the turkey itself, there’s so much to remember. Start by taking inventory of the items you already have in the cupboard. Then, create a list for each item you’ll need. We suggest breaking it up into categories; Food, drinks, décor, miscellaneous (card games, etc.).
3. Divide and Conquer
Guests like to feel that they’ve contributed in some way. See if your guests want to contribute a dish, a dessert or a bottle of wine (depending on their cooking interests). This way you won’t have to worry about the expense and mess that comes along with cooking for everyone.
On the décor front, assign little ones a job to search for fall-festive items, e.g., colorful leaves, pinecones, and berries that can be integrated into your tablescape. This is fun for the kids and keeps them outdoors instead of underfoot while you’re cooking in the kitchen.
4. Set Up the Night Before
You don’t have to run around like a turkey with its head cut off when you set up as much as you can the night before. Clean the house, set the table and make sure you have everything ready to go for overnight guests.
5. ENJOY YOURSELF!
Last but certainly not least make sure you spend your Thanksgiving enjoying yourself. After all, it is the day to be thankful for friends, family, and yummy food!
Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!