Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and you got the opportunity to host your very first thanksgiving dinner? It definitely will be very exciting and yet overwhelming at the same time.
You don’t want to disappoint people with your first event, especially during thanksgiving!
Here Are Five Prime Things To Know When Hosting Thanksgiving For The First Time
Take a deep breath, because we will be here to guide you through! We have curated the best and most helpful tips that can help to take away all the pressure you currently feel. By following this guideline, you will be able to pull off the best thanksgiving dinner and be a perfect host!
1. Make A Preparation List
Create a list of preparations for what you need and want during your thanksgiving dinner. Having this list can help you to plan ahead, and thus ensure you have covered every detail of the event.
You can start by determining your meal menu, making an attendance list, listing down grocery needs, how to arrange your house and many other important things that you should not miss out on. Thorough and detailed planning is the key to hosting a perfect event!
2. Make A Guest List
The very first thing that you should do after you decide to become a host of thanksgiving is to make a guest list. Consider each of your attendees, and determine whether or not they get along together or not. Whether you want to make it a private, family-only event, or you want to broaden up your guest scope.
It is also crucial to make sure you invite everyone you want to attend well in advance so they can confirm whether they will come or not right away.
3. Decide The Food Menu
Afterward, you have to decide on the dinner menu. You will know roughly how many guests will come to your dinner, and thus it will help you to also decide whether you will be able to do the cooking by yourself or not. If the number of guests is larger than you expected, it is recommended to get extra help.
You may want to cook the main course, such as the turkey by yourself. But you can ask your guests to chip in by providing the side dish. If you don’t want to bother your guest, you can opt to hire a food catering service. It’s not necessary to have extravagant dishes when hosting Thanksgiving. To make things easy for yourself, choose meals that you are already excellent at making.
For the drink you can enlist any of your family or friends who are good with mixing a drink, to help create the perfect cocktail for thanksgiving. Additionally, you should also provide a beer and lots of water for all the guests. To ensure you don’t have to clean lots of glass after dinner, it is better if you provide a water bottle instead of a water tap. Buying water in bulk is the perfect way to help you save money!
4. Non-Food Preparation
You should consider other things outside just the food and beverages when hosting Thanksgiving. The mood you create at your Thanksgiving dinner and around your home is equally important. When planning your dinner party, consider everything.
Will you need to move some furniture to make your house more spacious to accommodate the guests? What songs will you play during the dinner? What kind of decor do you want to use for the house and for the dining table? All of these are important to figure out early.
You should also arrange your dining table a few days before hosting Thanksgiving dinner. This is the perfect opportunity to decide if you need more utensils, glassware, or new tablecloths.
5. Enjoy Yourself!
Don’t get too caught up with all the preparation and end up stressing over things. You should enjoy the opportunity as a host, and be grateful for the opportunity to gather with your loved ones. This is one of the most crucial things to remember while hosting Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving hosting may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. You can start on the right foot if you are following these eight practical tips! You will definitely be able to host a successful Thanksgiving dinner.