Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be fun and overwhelming. Whether it is your first time having the whole family over or your 25th, it can be stressful. Help is here though. With these 5 tips you can plan a Thanksgiving dinner party like a pro and reduce the stress.
1) Plan the menu. The meal is the centerpiece of Thanksgiving. It is a time for family and friends to sit down together and give thanks for all that they have. Small wonder it is also the most stressful part of the day. Sit down and write out everything that you want to serve that day. It should include the main course, 3-4 side dishes, bread, and dessert. Make note of any special dietary restrictions for your guests that you have to work with. Take some time to research how to cook things that you have not before. Look over recipes to make sure the ingredients are readily available and are not something you will need to track down. Make a shopping list and plan on going to the grocery store in advance of the big day so that you are not stuck shopping with everyone else on the day before Thanksgiving.
2) Guest List. Write down who you want to invite to the party. A handwritten or professionally printed invitation sent in the mail is always a nice touch. When planning out your guest list keep in mind the size of your home and whether or not you will have enough places for everyone to sit at a table. Put an RSVP date and contact number on the invitation. That way you will know who is coming and how much food you will need.
3) Paper or China. This one depends on personal preference and whether or not you have enough plates and silverware for all of your guests. Paper plates can be found with a Thanksgiving theme which can lend a festive touch. Plus clean-up will be so much easier and you can spend more time with your guests rather than in the kitchen.
4) Party Games. Having some entertainment for your guest is always a great idea. Whether you have an ice-breaker to get the conversation flowing or some board games for people to play, your guests will have a good time.
5) Football Schedule. For many, Thanksgiving is just not the same without watching a football game. Make sure you know when the games are being played and what channel they are on. Your guests may also want to play a game of touch football too, so make sure you have everything that you will need for that.
Proper planning will help to make your Thanksgiving dinner party run much smoother and reduce your stress.