5 Ways to Prepare your Home for Thanksgiving
So you have volunteered to host Thanksgiving. In addition to being excited, you are probably stressing out. Not only do you have to cook a major meal, but you also have to make sure your house is in top shape for entertaining. Do not throw in the towel just yet – as long as you start preparing early, hosting Thanksgiving can be easy, and even enjoyable! Use these five tips to get ready for your friends and family.
1. Map Out a Menu
Cooking is by far your greatest challenge on Thanksgiving. After all, you probably do not whip up a full turkey dinner for a large group of people every night. Do not wait until the last minute to plan what dishes you will serve at your gathering, as stores sell out of crucial items around the holidays. All Women’s Talk explains that you should decide what you are going to make a few weeks ahead of time. If you plan to try a new recipe, test it far in advance before you commit to serving it. Always ask your invitees whether they have any dietary restrictions as well since you want to create a dinner that everyone can enjoy. Additionally, do not be afraid to ask guests to bring items like appetizers or desserts – they probably do not want to show up empty-handed, and this will help lighten your load.
2. Take an Inventory of Your Supplies
Being a good host means being prepared for anything. And a big part of being prepared is knowing exactly what supplies you have. The Happiest Home recommended taking inventory of the following items:
- Cleaning utensils
- Trash bags
- Paper towels and napkins
- Dish soap and detergent
- Plastic wrap, tinfoil, and plastic containers
- Coffee and tea
- Sugar, flour and other standard dry goods
- Spices and condiments.
3. Make Sure Appliances are Functioning Properly
Hosting a large gathering often means that you will be using appliances and tools you do not need on an everyday basis. For example, you may purchase your coffee on the way to work each morning while your at-home maker collects dust in the closet. Make sure to give it a test run before the big day. You do not want to be in the process of cutting the pumpkin pie only to discover your java machine has died. Other appliances that you should check at least a week before Thanksgiving include:
- Broiler, grill, toaster oven or other cooking appliance
- Garbage disposal
- Space heaters
- Room fans.
4. Secure Some Helpers
If you are planning to do everything by yourself, you may want to reevaluate. Cooking an entire Thanksgiving dinner while also trying to spruce up your home is a major undertaking, so do not be afraid to ask your friends and family for some help. Enlist the assistance of a reliable loved one a few weeks ahead of time so that she can help you throughout the planning process. On the morning of the big day, have her come over early to start setting up the house while you take care of major cooking tasks. Having a helper means you will be able to finish your preparations with enough time to enjoy a moment of silence before the festivities begin!
5. Give Thanks
It is all too easy to let the stress take over around the holidays, especially if you are hosting an event. However, it is important not to lose sight of the real meaning of Thanksgiving. Any time you feel frazzled during your preparations, remember how lucky you are to be having a group of loved ones join you on this special occasion.
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