It is no secret that I just love planning. From game nights, to birthday parties, to a double date night! One of my favorite things to plan is a party at my home! Sure, there is the clean up, but I love having my friends and family over and treating them to a good time! I have planned and hosted several events, even in a small apartment, and I want you to know you can too. This new series is where I will be sharing my tips and ideas for entertaining on a small scale. I can not wait to share these experiences with you and give you more tips on how to entertain in your own home! With Thanksgiving around the corner, what better way to kick off this series than with how to host Thanksgiving!
I am so excited because Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you know me, you know I LOVE to eat! While Matthew and I are going home to my parents' house for this Thanksgiving, I have collected several tips and tricks for hosting a Thanksgiving dinner at your home.
First, you want to make sure you have a clear understanding of who is coming and if they have any dietary restrictions. You do not want to give any one an allergic reaction!
Next, you want to figure out your menu. I would suggest start planning the menu about two - three weeks out. We all know that Pinterest is the best place to browse menu ideas. You will want to provide the Turkey or Ham, side dishes (vegetable and a starch) and a dessert or two. Be sure to find out if your guests are bringing anything as well. When you are planning your menu, make note of the cook times and plan accordingly. How many racks does your oven have, how many of your baking dishes can fit at one time, what needs to cook first? Prepare as much as you can the night before - cranberry sauce, pies, etc. If your dinner guests are staying with you, or spending several hours at your home, you may want to consider some snacks and appetizers to hold them over to dinner.
If you are going to decorate, begin at the start of November. This way, you do not need to worry about decorations when your mind is occupied with cooking. To keep it simple, focus on the dining table, living room and main guest bathroom. In the dining room, you really only need to focus on a centerpiece or two for the table, depending on the size. If you will be serving dinner from your kitchen, buffet style, you might think about having a few smaller arrangements around the food. For the living room, consider a few fall throw pillows for any couches and chairs. Also add a cute pumpkin or candle in matching colors on any coffee tables. For your bathroom have a fall scented candle or soap. These are basic suggestions that are just a starting point in which you can add as little or as much as you want- YOU'RE the host! As with your menu planning, check out Pinterest for decorating ideas!