Thanksgiving can be a fun but stressful time of year. We are hosting family/friends, making sure the house is spotless and checking that the food is perfect. Try to make it less stressful by following our basics to hosting.
- By inviting guests a month in advance and getting a number of how many are planning on attending you can make sure you have enough food.
- Create a menu, food is one of the most important parts and everyone has their favorites. Make sure no one has any food allergies, if they do, plan your menu accordingly.
- Consider doing a potluck-style dinner. Just because you are hosting doesn’t mean you have to take on all the stress, plan out what you can handle and then let your guests know to bring a side dish, dessert or a bottle of wine. Make it easy on yourself.
- Do your shopping, not just for your ingredients, but also cutlery and decoration. Prior to shopping go through your cupboards and check what you have hiding away, make a list of ingredients you don’t already have stored away. Also, make sure you have enough plates, cups and utensils for everyone coming and decide on some fun and festive fall/Thanksgiving decorations.
- To make things a little easier, there are things you can cook the day before like pies, cranberry sauce, homemade noodles and homemade stuffing. Get things prepped and thawed so the day of you don’t have to worry.
- Clean and tidy up your house. Do some things the week or day before like cleaning bathrooms and bedrooms. Clean up the kitchen and dining area day of.
- Be sure to thaw your turkey in plenty of time – it can take a week or more!
Source and more ideas at: https://www.wikihow.com/Host-a-Thanksgiving-Dinner
- Check this link for 5-ingredient appetizers, different ways to upgrade your turkey and recipes for sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, sausage stuffing and garlic mashed potatoes: https://www.pillsbury.com/holidays-celebrations/thanksgiving/easiest-ever-thanksgiving-menu?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=09_2018_standard&crlt.pid=camp.RjnifFxSayP1
- This link has all the easy desserts you will need, like pumpkin cheesecake, autumn spice cake, carrot cake rolls, pecan brownies and many more. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! https://www.thistinybluehouse.com/2018/09/12/thanksgiving-desserts-that-are-not-pie/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=445984878_15391462_240143
- This link will give you 25 side dishes that are easy and can upgrade your Thanksgiving, like roasted squash and cranberry salad or veggie loaded mac n cheese. https://smartcentsforlife.com/thanksgiving-side-dishes/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=484293122_17132274_33013
Fun Tip: If you aren’t the one hosting but you have been invited to a Thanksgiving dinner party bring a host gift. Here are some ideas for what to bring:
- Bouquet of flowers in a vase
- Potted plant
- Bottle or bottles of wine
- Specialty food items like cheese, olives, fancy nuts or oils and vinegars
- Items for the home such as cocktail napkins or soaps and lotions
Always contact your local PuroClean office with any water or fire troubles you may experience this Thanksgiving season. Contact