Are you hosting Thanksgiving in your North County home this year? While having friends and family over for the holiday can be a joyful time, it can also be stressful. Between cleaning the house, organizing the meal, cooking everything, and cleaning up, the whole process can be a little intimidating. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the most essential things you should know when you’re hosting. Follow this advice and you’ll have a much easier time of it.
There are many things to accomplish when hosting Thanksgiving, so give yourself a headstart. If you haven’t already, pull out all the dishes you’ll be using and wash them. Start decluttering the areas of your home where guests will congregate. A few days before the big event, clean the kitchen, bathrooms, dining room, and living room thoroughly. That way, you can just give those spaces a quick going-over right before the party.
Set the table the day before
Setting a beautiful table is one of the joys of hosting Thanksgiving. But don’t wait until Thanksgiving day to do it. Opt instead to set your table the day before. And if you have a curious kitty, throw a sheet over the table or keep the room closed until guests are about to arrive.
You don’t need to be a hero on Thanksgiving. If your guests offer to help, then accept those offers. Don’t be afraid to turn your Thanksgiving into a potluck affair. It will ease your stress and allow your guests to feel more involved. Make sure you know what everyone is bringing so there are no duplicates. And make space in the fridge or oven for those dishes if needed.
Opt for make-ahead dishes
The most stressful part of Thanksgiving is that hour before the meal hits the table. Everything is in motion! You will be in the kitchen stressing about all your dishes AND trying to be a sociable host. To make things more manageable make as many dishes ahead of time as possible. And yes, even the turkey can be made the day before.
Don’t try anything new
Thanksgiving is not really the time to experiment with new dishes, especially if you’re feeding a crowd. Stick with the basics so you can focus your energy on the turkey and on having a good time.
It’s OK to outsource
We promise your guests won’t care if you outsource parts of the meal (or even the entire thing). Go ahead and buy a pie from the grocery store. Order a couple of side dishes from a local restaurant. This will help you be more relaxed, which will make your guests more relaxed.
Give yourself time to get ready
Don’t forget that you have to get yourself ready for the party, too! Figure out when you’ll shower and get dressed so that you don’t find yourself with no time to do it. Put it in the schedule.
Relax and have fun
The best thing you can do as a host is to relax and have fun. If you’re stressed, then your guests will be, too. It’s fine if things don’t turn out perfectly. What’s most important is the time spent together. So have another cocktail and enjoy the day!
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