Planning the Perfect Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a time to gather with close friends and family and give thanks. If you’re in charge of planning the Thanksgiving reunion this year, you may find yourself suddenly overwhelmed. There’s no need! Planning the perfect Thanksgiving can be as easy as narrowing down a menu with options everyone can enjoy, and being able to accommodate a larger party in your house than you’re used to. Here are some of the best tips for planning that perfect Thanksgiving get-together no one will forget.
Plan the Menu
Thanksgiving is a holiday for reflection and gratitude. It’s also a holiday well-known for a large feast. You can’t plan a Thanksgiving reunion without having a menu prepared. Decide on whether you’ll have turkey, chicken, roast, or all of the above. Go for classic sides like mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, mixed veggies, yams, and of course you can’t forget the bread rolls. Pick your dessert selection, although you can’t go wrong with a few pies. If you’d like to have a potluck style dinner, ask guests to bring a plate as well!
Decor for Thanksgiving is always light. Maybe a gratitude wreath and some candles, or a few tablecloths and drapes in Fall hues. You could also get some faux pumpkins and squash to adorn your dining tables. The main goal is to have a cozy setting for your celebration. For your backyard, some string lights and candles should do the trick, along with any leftover Fall decor you have lying around.
Have a Gameplan
For peace of mind in any planned event, you’ll always want to have a schedule. This doesn’t have to be in a very tight schedule, but it’s good to have things spaced out with allotted times to allow for food preparation, eating, digestion, and whatever other fun activities you have planned.
Keep Kids Happy
No fun Thanksgiving reunion goes by without a few kiddos running around. Make sure to have an arts and craft table or a little activity corner so the kids can be happy, while the parents enjoy the time to unwind and eat! Make sure to keep kid-friendly snacks around too, so you can all enjoy a snack before dinner.
Hosting duties shouldn’t leave you drained. Hosting is a great chance to open up your home to your loved ones. Make sure to get your outfit ready early, have everything simmering and roasting when it should, have beverages stocked up, and accept help from your guests if they offer.
Hosting Thanksgiving can be a mega-fun and slightly stressful opportunity. The tips above are basics to making sure your Thanksgiving reunion goes by without a hitch. If you’re hosting a larger group, you may need to set up an extra table or two in your backyard. A tent would be useful to provide coverage and coziness! Looking for reliable tent rentals in Santa Monica? Town Country & Events is the place to turn to. Your Thanksgiving reunion will be one to remember!