Thanksgiving Hostess Tips
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and I thoroughly enjoy relaxing and not hosting! I go to my aunt’s every year and bring the easy green bean casserole. I very much enjoy not hosting Thanksgiving since I have a Halloween party and Christmas Brunch. Thanksgiving is a great holiday for me to just relax and enjoy my family.
When I first got married, I had dreams of getting a house and hosting either Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Well, I still don’t have a house and probably won’t have one in the foreseeable future! So no hosting Thanksgiving for me, but here are some hosting tips if you are thinking of hosting a thanksgiving dinner or friendsgiving.
- Prep As Much As You Can
Anything that can be pre-made, pre-cooked, pre-chopped, pre-glazed, do it! There is nothing worse than leaving everything until the morning of, and realizing you have no time to do it all without stressing yourself out. I always end up getting everything done, but forgetting to allot time to shower, do my hair, get dressed, and do makeup. So my dinner may look great, but I definitely do not! With prep, I have at least reduced the chances that I look like a hot mess in pictures.
2. Delegate, Delegate, Delegate!
If you don’t have to do it, don’t do it! If someone offers to bring a dish let them bring something. Thanksgiving is about family, not stressing out perfecting every detail. Also, if you have a family member who just cannot cook, let them bring rolls or the green bean casserole. It’s tough to mess that one up.
3. Do Not Get in Over Your Head
If this is your first thanksgiving in your apartment sized kitchen, do not think you are going to have a glorious spread fit for a Norman Rockwell painting. It doesn’t have to be perfect or even pretty. When my husband and I got married we registered for a ton of beautiful serving ware for parties. And while it is beautiful, no one is going to stare at it all night long. They are going to have their face in their dish, that’s what Thanksgiving is about. As long as the food is good, no one cares.
4. Clean As You Cook
Listen, I know no one wants to do this. But a sink full of dishes with guests around looks sloppy. Someone is going to go in your kitchen, even if you have a closed off kitchen. Do yourself a favor and clean as you go to avoid the appetizer hour cleaning up after yourself instead of enjoying your guests!
5. Have Fun!
Hosting is supposed to be fun! Following these steps will help to make the whole experience a little less hectic and a little more fun! Enjoy your guests, your food, and some holiday cheer. Happy hosting!