Thanksgiving is the time of year when your friends and family get together to celebrate what you’re grateful for and to lift your spirits as the winter draws in. For many people, this can be the most important holiday of the year, so going all out when you’re hosting your nearest and dearest for the celebrations is worthwhile. Although having the people you love at your house for the holidays can be a lot of fun, it can also be stressful trying to make sure everything goes to plan – so here are a few tips to help you get ready to host the festivities this year.
Create a To-do List and Schedule
A good place to start when you need to get organized for anything is to write out a list of all of the things you need to do. Not only will this list help you remember all of these details, but it crossing these items off can also help you feel more in control and reduce stress. Creating a schedule can also be useful, as there is often a lot to prepare in terms of food, decorating the house, doing the grocery shopping, and arranging any other Thanksgiving activities your family enjoys as traditions. Start prepping for the holidays around a month in advance if you can, as this will give you plenty of time to get ahead so you can relax more when Thanksgiving rolls around.
Planning the Menu
Of course, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without the traditional roast turkey, pumpkin pies, pecan pies, and all of the delicious seasonal vegetables that go with your main meal. However, think about some other goodies you can serve up to keep those appetites satisfied. If you want to make some sweet snacks for your guests to enjoy over a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, making some Thanksgiving cookies could be a great idea. You could even use this festive woodland turkey prettier plaques cookie stencil set by Julia Usher to decorate them with.
You should also double-check whether or not any dietary requirements need to be met for your guests, such as providing vegan/vegetarian/pescatarian options, or if anyone has any food allergies that you need to be mindful of.
Set Yourself a Budget
Purchasing all the food and other necessities for your Thanksgiving feast can be expensive, and even more so if you are hosting more than your immediate family this year. It is important to set yourself a reasonable budget so that you don’t find yourself worrying about finances once the festivities are over. Your guests might offer to make some contributions, whether that is sending you some money to cover these costs, or offering to bring certain dishes, wine, etc., to the table. Even if they don’t, that doesn’t mean you still can’t make savings with some savvy shopping, so search for coupons, vouchers, and other special deals to take advantage of in the run-up to Thanksgiving to avoid breaking the bank.
If you are hosting the Thanksgiving celebrations this year, use this quick guide to help you start the preparations to make things a little easier on yourself.