Thanksgiving should be a fun time for everyone. It’s the first of the big holiday season where you get to see all of your family and friends! The host of this joyous occasion shouldn’t get stuck with worry and anxiety over the celebration. With lots of food and good company, even if you’re the host you should be excited. That is unless, you’re home isn’t as prepared for the company as you are.
If your household is where everyone gathers for the Thanksgiving season, you want to make sure it’s ready for the rush of guests. By preparing your home you can take the edge off of hosting. Here are a few things you can do be sure you enjoy your Thanksgiving, instead of stress over it.
Cleaning and decorating will be the first steps to your Thanksgiving gathering. When you’re cleaning make sure your home is stocked with the proper necessities. You should be sure to have plenty of towels, tissues, dishes, and silverware. If Thanksgiving Day arrives and you are short on any of these things it will definitely put unwanted anxiety into your busy day.
You should also make sure your kitchen is fully stocked with the appliances you will need to do your cooking. After all, Thanksgiving is a holiday that is primarily centered around food. If you’re missing the right kind of knife, a turkey baster, or any other cooking necessities, it will be exceedingly more difficult to get your food prepared.
Once you are sure you have everything your home needs for your party to run smooth, fill your home with appropriate themed décor. While you don’t have to go all-out for your Thanksgiving, it will definitely add a nice holiday feel when you have brown and orange colors throughout your home. Whether it’s table clothes, curtains, or you decided to purchase an entire cornucopia, having some fall furnishings will make your Thanksgiving feel right.
When you’re trying to cook or clean for the multitude of guests at your home it can become quite difficult if there are too many cooks in your kitchen, so to speak. While Thanksgiving is a time to catch up with friends and family, it will be harder for you to participate in the conversation when you’re frustrated trying to move about and work in a crowded kitchen. To alleviate this stress, and be able to finish your work faster, set up stations around your home in places other than the kitchen for people to gather. Small tables, bars, or TV trays are a good way to scatter food and drinks throughout your home rather than just having it all in the kitchen. By having these different stations you can easily cook when you need to, but also chat with your family when you have time.
Another way to add ease to your Thanksgiving Day is to set up a buffet style meal. Having everyone go through and dress their own plates will not only make table setting easier, but it will be easier for everyone to get the food they want. Passing tons of food around a table could become difficult, especially if the food is hot or if there’s a lot of it. By setting up a buffet style meal people can serve themselves with what they want, when they want it, without having to disrupt someone else who’s eating.
Thanksgiving should be a fun day, not a stressful one. By properly preparing your home you can truly enjoy your time with family and friends. Take the difficulty out of your hosting experience by appropriately setting up your home for the holidays. If you do so you will find yourself just as excited for the event as the guests are.