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If you’re looking to host the perfect Thanksgiving this autumn, then here is your step-by-step guide from what to serve, how to plan ahead, and how to actually make time to enjoy the time with your family!
All too often we find ourselves scrambling, stressed, and anxious when we’re hosting an event. We just want everything to work out perfectly and can easily get overwhelmed by all of the tasks and to-dos. Let this guide serve you and help you with outlining the steps you need to take to host the perfect Thanksgiving for your family.
In case it’s not obvious, planning ahead is definitely where you’ll need to begin if you want to host the perfect Thanksgiving. Actually, experts like ya girl Martha Stewart, recommend planning at least 4 weeks prior to the day. Since Thanksgiving is usually the last Thursday of November, you’ll want to count back at least 4 weeks to begin planning.
Not only will planning ahead make your day 1000x more amazing, but it will save you 1000x more stress as well. No one wants to have to run around like a chicken with their head cut off. And like we say all the time around here at The Homebody Edit,
Failing to plan is planning to fail.
I always recommend sitting down and browsing Pinterest and your favorite blogs, to think about what your perfect Thanksgiving will look like. Who will be invited? What food will you serve? Who will make what? What time will it start? There are so many questions to consider. You’ll want to jot down ALL the details you can imagine as well as what tasks would be associated with each.
To save you a whole lot of stress, you’ll want to break up your tasks into the following time frames:
This might seem like quite a lot of time frames, but trust me when I say you will not regret breaking things up this way. Breaking up the tasks into different time frames based on priority and other factors like the freshness of the produce, etc. will end up saving you a ton of time and headaches in the end!
For a standard meal for 6-8 people, I’d recommend the following:
If you have a smaller or larger family attending, I’d recommend adjusting your menu accordingly. Keep in mind, it’s okay to keep the menu simple and just make a larger quantity. Sometimes when you have too many different recipes to follow it can get really stressful. It can often be simpler to just double certain recipes and make more of the same thing so everyone can enjoy it.
When choosing your menu items, you’ll want to consider any dietary restrictions of family members or guests. Also, try to keep a colorful plate including green, orange, yellow, and even red or purple. For example:
Aside from the typical monthly deep cleaning tasks which can be found on the free printable cleaning checklist, you may want to add some of these to your monthly cleaning duties before your guests arrive:
You know around here at The Homebody Edit, we care about making things beautiful. We believe in the ambiance. The experience. The atmosphere. The vibe. Whatever the heck you wanna call it, we believe in it! Taking note and putting intention into the overall “feel” of your home will truly elevate the night for your guests and for yourself!
Make sure your home is clean, smelling good, fresh, welcoming, warm and inviting. You’ll also want to decorate it cute for fall. You don’t need to go overboard, but a few fall decorations will definitely make it feel a bit more like Thanksgiving.
If you struggle to decorate for holidays or special events, you can always contact us about our e-design services! We’d be glad to assist you, completely virtually, designing your space to fit within your budget so you can have a stylish home this Thanksgiving!
Thing single most important and simple thing to remember to do this Thanksgiving is to GIVE THANKS Be grateful! For the whole month of November, try writing down what you’re grateful for each morning. Remind people why you’re grateful to have them in your life.
On Thanksgiving, a good conversation starter is always to go around the table and have everyone say something or someone they’re grateful for. It can turn out to be a very beautiful and intimate conversation.
I hope this post helps provide you with all the tips and tricks you need to host the perfect thanksgiving this year!
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