Thanksgiving is only two weeks away and if you’re hosting dinner at your home it can all become overwhelming very quickly. Below are a few helpful tips to get you prepared for the upcoming holiday.
- First create a guest list so you can get an idea of how many people you’ll be cooking for. Next, send out invitations. While hard invites are beautiful, if time is not on your side, try using a company like Paperless Post.
- As Guests start RSVP-ing, this is the perfect time to ask about any food allergies they may have.
- Once you have a final headcount for dinner, you can start putting a menu together, find the recipes you want to use and make a master grocery list.
- If you are a guest attending a dinner, figure out ahead of time what you can contribute to the evening or bring a well thought out host gift.
- Sit down and figure out where to place your friends and family around the table. Try using Anya Hindmarch’s Monogrammed Leather Seating Chart. It’s the perfect holiday helper and easy to shuffle around guests if you change your mind or someone drops out. Always aim for a balanced table with everyone’s personality traits in mind and make a point to separate couples. As the host, sit closest to the kitchen so that you can clear plates or grab more wine without disturbing guests.
- Two Weeks Before: Stock up on all non-perishable items, order an organic turkey, place flower orders and create a tasteful music playlist.
- The Week Before: Make sure your home is cleaned from top to bottom. Go through all your linens, serving pieces, fine china and wine glasses to make sure they are clean, pressed and polished.
- Days Before: Make and freeze gravy, turkey brine and chill the wine.
- The Night Before: Bake pies, prep as many ingredients as possible, set the table and make a detailed cooking schedule for the day of Thanksgiving.
- The Day of Thanksgiving: Consider hiring extra help to make sure the day goes more smoothly and aim to sit down and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast around 3:00pm.
- To keep kids busy till dinner time set up a craft table so they can make paper Pilgrim and Indian hats or cut out colorful Fall leaves for everyone to write what they are thankful for.
At the end of the evening after the dishes are done, the pies, coffee and tea are served, get everyone together for festive games by the fire.