It’s the holiday that’s all about coming together around the table to give thanks—and share delicious food with loved ones. If you’re hosting for the first time, it can certainly be a bit intimidating, but fear not; we have some tips to help you ensure that the day goes off without a hitch.
Write Everything Down
From the ingredients to the number of guests you’re expecting, having a master plan is always a good idea to stay organized and on track. At least a couple weeks out, set aside some time to sit down and finalize your menu and shopping list. This includes food, decorations, and tableware if you need it. This way, you’re not stressed if the grocery store is out of pumpkin pie filling the day before Thanksgiving.
Allow Family and Friends to Help
Whether it’s coming over early to help you prepare the turkey, contributing a side dish or dessert, or even just doing the dishes after the meal, don’t be too proud to take your guests up on their offers to assist you. Every little bit helps when it comes to a dinner this big!
Do What You Can Ahead of Time
Make things easier for yourself by taking care of things like setting the table in advance—and maybe even preparing the turkey the day before. Of course, you want your dishes to be as fresh as they can, but there’s no shame in whipping up one of your pies a little early, either. Nobody has to know.
Take Time to Relax
Remember the spirit of the holiday and make sure you pause for a moment or two to enjoy the day with your guests in the midst of all the craziness. After all, you want to look back on the day and associate it with love and happiness, not stress.