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Thanksgiving Tips for Entertaining
Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect time to entertain with
family and friends. The idea of gathering together at your home
is a wonderful way to give thanks and appreciation to your loved
ones. Even though the idea of planning, buying, cooking, serving
and entertaining may seem a little daunting, there are always
easy ways to simplify entertaining. Here are 10 easy ideas to
help you entertain in style and actually enjoy the holiday too!
Accept help from others:
While this seems like a simple concept, the misconception that
the host/hostess has to do everything is not true. If you are
hosting the big meal at your house, ask for help in an area that
you feel weak in. If you are good at cooking, but not planning
the details of the meal, ask for help from a neighbor or friend.
Search now for deals:
To save money and avoid the rush, start looking for holiday
sales on holiday foods. Most stores will have displays already
up and if you buy a few key ingredients each time you visit the
store, you run less risk of the store running out of key
ingredients, like cranberries!
Plan your holiday table:
The night before Thanksgiving is to late to plan what your table
will look like. If you prefer a formal table, assure table
linen, napkins, and dinnerware is clean and polished. For a
casual table, assure you have the appropriate number of settings
Invite guests early:
Start making your guest list now and inviting them. This will
help you plan a menu and will give time for your guests to check
their calendars. Often time’s people wait until the last minute
for Thanksgiving invites, and then are disappointed when guests
have made prior plans.
Ask guests to bring a dish:
If the thought of
preparing the Thanksgiving meal is a little menacing, why not
ask your guests to bring a dish? Plan how many people you will
have and ask each member to bring a certain item. Keep a running
list so you don’t have 20 turkeys and no side dishes!
Ask guests about diet regimens:
To ensure everyone can partake in the delicious meal, ask for
any diet and/or restrictions they have in advance, so you can
plan the menu accordingly. If you aren’t sure what to serve
those that have a restriction ask them for suggestions as to
what they’d prefer to eat.
Plan for children:
Unless your event is restricted to adults, children will need to
have activities to do while the parents are socializing. Plan an
area with toys, educational items and a television if possible.
This will keep everyone happy and help the day be more enjoyable
for all those involved.
Plan seating arrangement:
If you plan on having a formal meal with assigned place
settings, plan this early to avoid a last minute stressful
chore. Even if your meal will not have assigned seating, ensure
you have enough seats and you consider where the children and
adults will be seated.
Start preparing desserts and side dishes now and freeze them
until a few days before Thanksgiving. This will help you space
out the holiday cooking and keep you from getting tired out.
yourself amongst your guests:
This season is for
enjoying your loved ones. If the thought of cooking is too much,
consider hiring a caterer or buying food out and heating it up.
Grocery stores and restaurants often have Thanksgiving meals you
can buy in advance, to make you look like you did all the work!
10 tips will help you enjoy the holiday and enjoy the
preparation. After all the planning, cooking, and entertaining
is what makes the holidays special. Start planning now and reap
the benefits from seeing your guests have big smiles on their
faces when you offer your hospitality. Holiday entertaining can
be better than you imagined.
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