If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, whether you’re having three guests or a dozen, you can use these five tips for pulling off the perfect holiday in your DC Ranch home.
5 Tips for Pulling Off the Perfect Thanksgiving at Your DC Ranch Home This Year
Check out these tips to make Turkey Day easier when you’re hosting it in your home:
- Enlist help
- Be detailed with your lists
- Prepare foods ahead of time when possible
- Opt for simplicity
- Take shortcuts
Here’s a closer look at each.
Thanksgiving Hosting Tip #1: Enlist Help
You don’t have to – and shouldn’t – do everything yourself. People love being part of a Thanksgiving celebration, and they’ll be happy to help by bringing food, extra plates and place settings, decor and dessert. All you have to do is ask and people will likely volunteer to pitch in. The same is true when it’s time to clean up; don’t be afraid to ask your guests to head into the kitchen to package things up, wash dishes and pull everything to a close.
Thanksgiving Hosting Tip #2: Create Detailed Lists
If you’re a list-maker, Thanksgiving is your jam. Even if you’re not, you’ll likely find that keeping separate To-Do lists can be a tremendous benefit. When you think of something you need, write it on a list. When you decide what time you’re serving dinner, write it on a list. When you know what time you have to start cooking something, setting the table or putting up decor, write it on a list. (Scratching off completed items is exactly what you need to de-stress, too.)
Thanksgiving Hosting Tip #3: Prep Ahead of Time
You don’t have to cook everything on Thanksgiving morning. In fact, pre-cook as much as you can. You can bake bread, make cakes and pies, and even put together plenty of side dishes a few days before Thanksgiving to make things easier on yourself on the big day.
Thanksgiving Hosting Tip #4: Keep it Simple
Don’t try a new recipe or dive into something complicated for Thanksgiving. Your guests will love whatever you prepare – even if it doesn’t require you to be a professional chef. Casserole-style dishes, things you can make in the crock pot and simple sides are the way to go. Don’t make anything that needs individualized attention!
Thanksgiving Hosting Tip #5: Take Shortcuts
Shortcuts (like using boxed stuffing mix or buying pre-cooked dishes from the store) are always okay – and you shouldn’t let anyone tell you differently. In fact, you don’t ever have to tell anyone that you took a shortcut; the main point is that you create memories around a wonderful meal together.
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