If you’ve just moved out of your parents’ house, or if you haven’t hosted Thanksgiving for your family before, the first time hosting such a holiday can be intimidating. There’s so much to do and so much to prepare, and you may be stressing over whether or not you’ll be able to finish all of it in time. While Thanksgiving is still two weeks away, it’s important to start planning early! Read on for some tips for all you first-time hosters.
1. Set up a Menu
This is important to do prior to the night before Thanksgiving; you never know when a recipe will need more than one day or night to cook. You should also gather whatever you can from the grocery store before Thanksgiving draws any closer, as some of your necessary ingredients may be hard to find as the holiday approaches. A prepared menu and a solid cooking plan will help keep you on track. It’s not uncommon to ask guests to bring a dish of their own, either. This could really make your life easier.
A well-decorated table brings your Thanksgiving together. It’s the final touch that exudes the nature of the holiday. You may think that preparing your tabletop should come last in Thanksgiving preparation, but decoration is a time-consuming process. Gathering bits and pieces in weeks prior is the best way to go. Search for the best tablecloth, the best cutlery, and plan your color scheme. Get this prepared so, when the time comes, you can simply throw it all together in a matter of minutes.
3. On the Day of Thanksgiving
When the day finally arrives, make sure you’re up bright and early for cooking, decorating, and cleaning. Not leaving yourself enough time to prepare could get you caught in a bad situation, leading to rushing and messiness. Ideally, you should be able to set out that platter of crackers and cheese and have a good amount of time to rest before the holiday rush hits. Remember: staying calm is key!
4. Be Courteous
Keep in mind that your neighbors are also celebrating the holidays, and would like to do so quietly and peacefully. If you know your family is a little louder than most, notify your neighbors beforehand. Otherwise, you should be taking extra care to be a good neighbor; keep the volume down so everyone can enjoy Thanksgiving!
The Apartments of Wildewood are welcoming, and perfect for your first time hosting Thanksgiving!
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