Thanksgiving is a big deal for many families. Whether you're hosting the largest meal of the year for the first time or you’ve done it dozens of times in the past, you're probably feeling some pressure. Not only do you want everything to go smoothly, but you likely have some finnicky in-laws to impress as well. The house needs to be cleaned and decorated (and kept that way), and there's a lot of organization to be done, or your home could quickly turn chaotic. It's a lot of work hosting Thanksgiving, but there are ways to ease the stress.
In the past, we’ve published articles to help holiday hosts avoid common, but unpleasant, plumbing problems. Be sure to check them out before the big day to avoid having to call an emergency plumber while your home is packed with guests.
Thanksgiving Dinner Preparation Tips for the Host
Create a guest list.
How many adults and children are coming? This is one of the first things you should determine—before you begin planning dishes, buying ingredients, and picking up extra tables and chairs.
Planning Thanksgiving dinner requires a lot of thought. As the host, you need to be organized, so start off by making a solid plan now so you don't have to scramble to pull everything together at the last minute. Answer the following questions:
Where is everyone going to sit? Make sure you have enough seating and space for everyone to eat comfortably. You may have to pick up extra tables and chairs and rearrange some furniture.
Where are you going to set out the food? If you have a fairly small group and can fit everyone at one table, you could plan on setting food out on the table in front of you. If you have a bigger group, setting the dishes out on a counter and having guests serve themselves buffet style may be the better way to go.
Do you have everything you need for the big day? Make sure you’re stocked up on toilet paper so you don’t need to send someone to the store in an emergency. Clean and decorate your home the weekend prior so you can focus on food preparation during the week. Do you have enough dishes, pots, pans, silverware, and napkins? What about a thermometer and other turkey tools?
Make a menu.
Make a specific list of all the dishes you want to have. It’s okay to keep them simple and stick to the basics. Many people expect certain foods on Thanksgiving. Once you come up with a full menu, make a grocery list, jotting down all the ingredients you’ll need. Don’t wait until the last minute to pick up groceries, or you may not be able to find what you’re looking for (especially if it’s a Thanksgiving meal staple).
If relatives have volunteered to help out with the cooking, let each volunteer know specifically what and how much you’d like them to bring. You could even give them the recipe you'd like them to use. Remember, the more help you have, the less pressure will be on you, so don’t be afraid to accept help!
Stay organized, plan ahead, keep on schedule, and don’t wait until the last minute to do ANYTHING, and your day should be much less stressful. You might even enjoy it.
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