How to Host Thanksgiving Like a Real Boss

November 12, 2018

Thanksgiving is right on the horizon, so if you’re hosting the meal this year, you might be starting to sweat. But even if this is your first time heading up the Turkey Day festivities, there’s no need to panic. Follow these simple tips for a stress-free Thanksgiving feast. 

  1. Get your home—and kitchen—ready for action. The key to enjoying your Thanksgiving as the host is surprisingly simple: prep as much as possible. In the kitchen, this means chopping ingredients and assembling any dishes you can in advance. Throughout the rest of your home, this means cleaning and decorating.

  2. Create a place for everything (and everyone). If you plan to have a big group for Thanksgiving, make sure you have somewhere for everyone to dump their coats, purses, and shoes (if you’re a no-shoe household). This can be cubbies and hooks in the entryway or the spare bedroom. You should also ensure there’s a spot at the table for everyone, whether it’s the main dining room table or an extra folding table.

  3. Ask guests to chip in. As the host, you should be in charge of the main course—including the turkey, obviously—but you shouldn’t hesitate to ask your guests for help in other areas. Serve Thanksgiving potluck-style and ask your friends and family to bring a side dish, salad, or dessert. 

  4. Don’t experiment with complicated dishes. Maybe you like to get creative in the kitchen under normal circumstances, but Thanksgiving isn’t the time to try crafting a new dish. If it goes wrong, you’ll be left scrambling for an alternative. Instead, rely on time-tested recipes to prepare the turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing.

How to Host Thanksgiving for the First Time [Southern Living]
Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving [Reader’s Digest]
How To Host An Incredible Thanksgiving Without Losing Your Mind [Real Simple]

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