In about a week, family and friends will be joined around the dinner table, with great stories to tell, reminiscing the past year on what everyone is thankful for and, of course, a bountiful feast that is ready to be devoured.
But did you remember the cranberry sauce? How long did you set the turkey to cook? Do you have wine and drinks to pass around? How about the kids? Do they have a place in the table to sit? All of these thoughts and questions wrapped around your mind can get a little overwhelming. That’s why we’re here to help!
Here are ten things to remember before the family comes in for Thanksgiving:
- Consider the size of your turkey for the number of people you’re feeding. Also don’t forget there are other proteins and meats you can include. Ham is always a crowd pleaser and some vegetarian tofu options might be smart to have as well.
- Know your guests. Are they on a special diet? Are they allergic to anything? We know it’s difficult to do, but try to accommodate everyone’s dietary needs.
- Make your living room the center of attention. Whether everyone is watching the game or mingling away, make it all happen in the living room. This will bring everyone together.
- Serving utensils. You cannot have enough of them! Designate one serving utensil for specific dishes and make sure you have plenty of silverware for everyone coming.
- Have backups, always. Make use of your pantry and stock it up with seasonings, cans of food that can be substitutes, and other ingredients and food for people who may want something different.
- Décor and Placement. Decorate place cards and create a fall theme for your dining table. Remember to have enough space to pass food around and not block anyone’s way.
- Cleanliness. Clean up your house, including bathrooms and other high-traffic rooms (i.e. living room, kitchen, etc.). Spray freshener or light up a candle with an inviting scent around the house for a nice ambiance. And as always, declutter and put everything in their appropriate places.
- Plan your menu. From the stuffing, to the ingredients of a sauce, to the dessert—be on top of it. If family members or friends are bringing a dish, write it down so there are no duplicates.
- Clean up the table. This includes washing table cloths, providing napkins and considering Thanksgiving linens.
- Be the center of attention . . . treat yourself! You have worked hard to make this dinner happen, it’s your time to shine! Dress nice, write up a short toast and speak about what you’re thankful this year.
Thanksgiving dinner is a big event filled with family and friends. If you remember to prep with our list above, your meal will sure to be a huge success. And who knows—you might be asked to prepare Christmas dinner too! For all of your ‘storganization’ needs, be sure to check out ClosetMaid.com, and all of our channels for inspiration and ideas: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Houzz and Flickr.