Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays because it centers around the home. It’s a time for great food, family and friends, and expressing our gratitude. But, if it’s your turn to host the gathering, there’s also the sometimes-stressful task of preparing your home for the big feast.
Take inventory of plates, serving dishes, pots and pans, flatware and glasses. If you come up short, borrow from family or friends who won’t need these items for their own Thanksgiving. Ask guests to bring a Turkey Day side dish and do a potluck. This not only helps share the load, but allows everyone the chance to try different dishes and makes things more interesting.
Spruce It Up
Clean your home and move non-essential items out of sight to make your home feel more open and pleasant. Give the guest bathroom a lift with fresh flowers or a tray of scented soaps. If you’re having overnight guests, place clean bath towels and washcloths in the guest room and add a bouquet of flowers. Consider placing a welcome basket in the guest room with local goodies.
Prep Food Ahead of Time
Cook and refrigerate side dishes a day or so before Thanksgiving. This list will show you which dishes are easily made ahead. Fill your wine rack with a selection of different varietals. Don’t want to bake? Buy pies – every city has a local business known for their fresh pies. Or try these easy pie recipes. And remember that too much is better than too little, so be sure to have plenty of food for the big day.