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Tips For Hosting Thanksgiving for the First Time

Tips For Hosting Thanksgiving for the First Time

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Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner

Tips For Hosting Thanksgiving for the First Time

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Happy Sunday! With November in full swing and Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I am sharing a few tips for hosting a successful Thanksgiving for the first time.

The first Holiday dinner I hosted was the Christmas dinner of 2009 in our small apartment. We’d been married for only two weeks and I felt special that a few family members trusted me with the job. I took all the help offered to me and that made planning the day less stressful.

If you’re hunting Pinterest in search of tips on hosting Thanksgiving dinner, the most useful tip you’ll find is to accept help. Allow someone to make a dish, delegate a task to your husband, and share the load. I have listed a few other tips below that I hope you will find useful.

Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner

Plan Ahead

A no-brainer but worth a reminder. Relieve the stress of preparing and hosting what some consider the most important meal of the year by having a plan and sticking to it. Plan your menu, shopping trips, guest list, and other miscellaneous details.

Set the Mood with these Small Details

Light some scented candles and welcome your guests to a pleasant smelling home. Also, make a playlist ahead of time to play as guests arrive.

Make Life Easier with an Electric Carver

Have an electric carver knife on hand to make carving the turkey a breeze. If you know how to locate the ball socket joint and keel bone of a turkey in no time, then you maybe some kind of turkey carving pro. Otherwise, use an electric knife to cut the turkey before and display a beautifully carved turkey for your guests to enjoy.

Empty Your Dishwasher Before Guest Arrive

Having your dishwasher emptied and ready to be loaded will help keep down the clutter in the kitchen and make clean up a bit easier.

Make a Statement with Simple White Dishes

Using all white serving ware helps everything look crisp and uniform. This detail can make your dinner feel that much more thought-out and put together.

Maximize Space with Tiered Trays

Use a tiered tray to display desserts and other small food items. Tiered trays help maximize space and are a great way to display foods.

Relax and Snap a Few Candid Pictures of Your Guests

I know this tip seems quite random, but make time for this. I love to gift photo books to my parents and they usually find it really special when they spot a photo of themselves that they don’t remember posing for. A picture of them playing with a grandchild or talking with a loved one. Take advantage of having a group of your closest loved ones gathered together and capture a few pictures. They’ll be treasured down the road.

Build Your Stash of Seasonal Decor 

Don’t overdo it here, but add a few Thanksgiving-themed novelties here and there. It may be a turkey-shaped salt shaker or leaf-shaped spoon rest.  Bonus Tip: If you think you’ll likely host Thanksgiving or holiday dinners annually, take advantage of after season markdowns. After Thanksgiving is the time to stock up on fall-themed napkin rings, serving dishes, and other accessories. This is how I have built a collection of seasonal themed dishes and decor for low costs.

Go For Fresh Cranberry Sauce

While I understand how sensible it is to sometimes just serve a store-bought dish, I can’t encourage anyone to serve canned cranberry sauce. Cranberry Sauce is so simple to make and tastes far better than the gel-like stuff in a can.  Make it fresh and impress your guests.

How to Host Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time

Christie

Tuesday 6th of November 2018

Your blog is so cute and I love the tips on Thanksgiving. Can't wait for it to get here. Thanks for sharing!

thepurposefulnest

Tuesday 6th of November 2018

Thanks for the kind compliment, Christie. Hope you have a lovely holiday season.

Sandra Serrano

Tuesday 6th of November 2018

These are great tips! I love your blog.

thepurposefulnest

Tuesday 6th of November 2018

Thanks, Sandra!

Kristin Quinn

Monday 5th of November 2018

I'm hosting Thanksgiving for the first time this year! Thanks for this :-)