It’s your turn to have your family and friends join you for Thanksgiving. As a first-time or fifth-time Thanksgiving host, you may appreciate some tips to make the day a little less stressful and a little more fun.
Plan ahead: Create your grocery list and do your shopping well ahead of time. Double check your purchases against your recipes when you get home and make sure you have everything you need. There’s nothing worse than realizing you are missing a key ingredient on Thanksgiving Day. Some stores aren’t open and those that are can be crowded.
Ask for RSVPs: When you send out your invitations, include an RSVP by date. You need to know how much food to have, how many places to set, and even how many chairs to have. If you don’t get a reply from someone, contact them to confirm that they are or are not coming.
Keep the menu simple and traditional: This is another time that keeping a menu simple is a bonus. Stick with recipes you know and that are favorites.
Cook your turkey upside down: This keeps the turkey moister. Best tip ever!
Accept help: Guests are often happier if they have something to do or feel useful. Let them help! Have some tasks they can do — fill water glasses, serve beverages or appetizers, cut veggies, stir gravy. If they ask to bring a dish, let them! It’ll save you time and money in the end.
Set your table ahead of time: When guests arrive and the table is set, the home not only looks nice and prepared, but you are less rushed. Setting the table also ensures that you have everything you need for your big day.
It’s your new home and your first Thanksgiving. Celebrate all you have to be thankful for. And remember — everything may not be perfect, but if you act like it is, your guests will believe it.