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8 Tips for Hosting an Awesome First Thanksgiving


Planning on having Thanksgiving at your home? If it’s your first time hosting such a big event, organizing can be difficult. Luckily we’ve compiled some tips to make sure that you have a smooth and stress-free holiday.

  1. Wake up early. This might be an obvious one, but give yourself plenty of time to set up and prepare for your Thanksgiving dinner. Getting behind schedule can cause unnecessary stress.

  2. Have easy appetizers ready to go. Have appetizers set up and ready for guests as they arrive. Try and keep these easy and stress-free. Store bought pretzels or easy-to-prepare options like pigs in a blanket are a great option.

  3. Make a menu plan. Prior to Thanksgiving day, plan out a detailed menu to get an idea of what you’ll be cooking, how long it will take, and what ingredients you’ll need. This will help you to create a schedule for the big day.

  4. Make a detailed grocery list. After you have your menu, plan out a detailed grocery list with everything you’ll need. You don’t want to realize you’ve forgotten something in the middle of cooking!

  5. Have drinks easily available. When guests arrive they often thirsty and spend time mingling with one another. Have a drink station set up so you don’t have to spend time getting drinks ready for them on the spot.

  6. Set the table ahead of time. Though setting the table seems like a small task, it can actually be very time consuming - especially if you’re expecting a lot guests. Set the table the day before to give you more time on Thanksgiving Day.

  7. Make as much as you can ahead of time. Several dishes can be made ahead of time and warmed up before dinner. Take advantage of this as much as you can to save kitchen space and time.

  8. Accept help. Hosting Thanksgiving is a big task to take on. Accept help from those who offer it to ensure a smoother event.

We wish you the best in your Thanksgiving Day Planning. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Taylored Restoration!

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