20 year old me would have toppled over at the idea of hosting Thanksgiving dinner. I had absolutely no idea how to cook a turkey, I’d never made dinner for more than 5 people at once and I didn’t even own a gravy boat. My family never really celebrated Thanksgiving before so my baseline for Thanksgiving dinner was basically through watching Friends.
Somehow, when we were 25 my (then boyfriend) now fiance managed to convince me that we were going to host his family for Thanksgiving.
That being said, this will now be our fifth year hosting Thanksgiving and 30 year old me has Thanksgiving locked down. We look forward to it every year now and start putting our heads together around the middle of August to come up with a menu, table arrangements, decor etc.
If this is your first year hosting Thanksgiving with your family or even if you’re doing a Friends-giving dinner, don’t panic. My job today is to hold your hand during this holiday and help you do Thanksgiving like the boss bitch you are!
Ready? Here we go.
Thanksgiving tip #1: prepare, prepare, prepare.
It is never too early to start preparing. As I am typing this, it is August 12th and last night we sent out the invitations letting everyone know we will be hosting Thanksgiving on October 12th. (For my foreigners, Canadian Thanksgiving is in October) Yes, we are starting our preparations 2 months in advance and no, I don’t care how silly that sounds. We do this to make sure everyone knows well in advance and can play their plans with any in-laws, friends or work etc around our event instead of the other way around. I always like to be the first plans and I find it guarantees attendance.
Pull our your dishes and label each one for what you will serve in it.
Thanksgiving tip #2: don’t be intimated by the turkey.
You will want to make sure your turkey is the right size for your guest list and i
Thanksgiving tip #3: get into the spirit of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving tip #4: open your house up early.
We have our guests come between 4:00-4:30pm and set up Having appetizers and drinks
Thanksgiving tip #5: set the scent.
Thanksgiving tip #6: set a nice table.
Our first year hosting Thanksgiving I knew I wanted an all white dinner setting but unfortunately our plates weren’t white and we didn’t have the budget for a whole new set. Instead I found really great square plates at Dollarama and for a few dollars each they did the trick! Don’t overlook Dollarama or your local dollar store for dinnerware, there are some great pieces there and nobody will know the difference! Speaking from experience because people still comment on some dinnerware items I have from Dollarama!!
Thanksgiving tip #7: DIY place cards.
Previously I haven’t done place seatings and left it as open seating but I think this year we are going to start assigning seating.
Thanksgiving tip #8: let people help you.
The dog is going to find a way to steal a potato, or six.
Have you hosted Thanksgiving before? What are you serving? Tell me everything and ask me anything!
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