One of the realities of adulthood I didn’t like all that much has been having to spend holidays away from my family. Moving out to Boston, we knew we couldn’t do everything, but that doesn’t make it any easier! Hosting Thanksgiving has now become a fun tradition of ours, and something I know that we’ll look back at positively when we’re older.
Hosting Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be hard, it can actually be pretty easy. Today I’m sharing how we’ll decorate our Thanksgiving table, and the tips we use to make the actual day and prep go easier!
Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving
Set Your Table the Night Beforehand
Seriously, don’t leave this task for the day-of, it’s just one more thing to do! It’ll be nice to wake up and know that you don’t have that large task to do. It also creates a really inviting atmosphere for your guests when they arrive.
Simple is Best
No need to go overboard showing off your culinary skills, stick to the classics or versions of the classics. It’s about who you spend the day with, and a few key staples that seem to really make a Thanksgiving dinner.
Start At Least 5 Days Before
Love this post from The Every Girl, it gives a great timeline of what to do beforehand. This coming weekend really is the best time to get started, so that you’re not running around!
Make it a Pot-Luck
Delegate easy things to your guests! It makes it less expensive, and many people would be extremely grateful! Here are some ideas on what to delegate:
- Wine/Alcohol — be specific with a type (i.e Moscato & Merlot, not just white & red)
- Dessert — Pie, pumpkin bread, whatever floats your boat
- Appetizer — Have someone else bring the cheese plate or the bruschetta!
- Side dishes — My dad always makes our family’s mashed potatoes, and I know that Matt’s aunts have specifics they always bring, like buns or green bean casserole that can be thrown in the oven really quick before dinner!
Start Things the Day Before
Chop all your veggies, bake all your pies, and make your mashed potatoes beforehand! It’s way easier than doing everything the day-of, and will make your morning a lot more relaxing!
Stick to Two Wines & A Big Batch Drink
Don’t try to go all Mad Men with your bar cart. Seriously, just stick one red and one white wine, and if you’d like, a big batch cocktail of something! These big-batch cocktails are perfect for Thanksgiving, and are under $30 to make!
Have Guests Bring Tupperware for Leftovers
One of the best parts about hosting is the leftovers, but if you’re anything like us last year, it’s a lot! Suggest that your friends bring some of their own Tupperware so they can make Friday lunches for themselves.
Make Clean-Up Easier by Cleaning as You Go
If your kitchen is anything like mine, there isn’t a ton of counter space, so one of the best tips I have is to clean as you go! I keep the sink full of soapy water and throw things in as I go. When I have a couple minutes, I quickly wash whats in there. At the end of cooking, you’ll only have a few big pans!
Remember This One Thing
Thanksgiving is about spending it with loved ones, and no matter what happens, it’ll either be a really fun event or a really good story. Don’t forget to give thanks for what you’ve got!
How are you celebrating Thanksgiving? Have you ever hosted Thanksgiving? What are your favorite traditions?
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