Thanksgiving dinner is an important family get together for most people and if you want to make yours just perfect, you’ve come to the right place!
This guide to hosting the best Thanksgiving dinner EVER will help you please all your guests and have a great time this Thanksgiving.
1. Make a solid plan!
It’s important to plan ahead of time, otherwise your Thanksgiving dinner and day will be complete chaos. Delegate tasks to any helpers you might have ahead of time so everybody knows what to do and where to pitch in on the day!
2. Print out your recipes.
It can be extremely stressful to have to keep referring to a laptop or phone. Especially when you’re working with food in the kitchen (not exactly the safest environment for electronics).
Print out the recipes you need, and hang them up for easy access in the kitchen. You could even keep them all in one folder to refer back to on the day of your Thanksgiving Dinner.
3. Start the night before.
If you have vegetables that need to be chopped, do it the night before. Same goes for things that can be combined and mixed ahead of time.
That way, all you have to do is turn on the slow cooker or toss Thanksgiving dishes in the oven. Doing that will save you a lot of time on Thanksgiving day. Plus, it’ll free up some room in the kitchen for the things you need to get done that day.
4. Have a pot luck!
Worried about cooking everything for the whole meal? Consider asking your guests to bring a side dish or an appetizer to help out! This ensures that you’ll have food for everyone all day long and you won’t have the burden of doing it all yourself.
5. Get a head count!
Don’t just assume some people are or aren’t coming when you’ve invited them. Get an actual headcount a week or so before so you know exactly how much food to buy and how many people you’ll be feeding. You can do this when asking people to bring dishes too, so it’s like a two for one!
6. Write it all down.
Sometimes it’s easier to keep track of things when you’ve written everything down. Consider planning your menu, decor, guest list, and delegating tasks by writing it all down in a journal or notebook. This can be monumentally helpful to “brain dump” everything on to paper, and have it all right in front of you!
These tips will help you host the best Thanksgiving dinner ever! What are you doing this Thanksgiving to make your dinner the best? Do you have a special dish you like to cook? Let me know in the comments below!