Now is the time to start planning your Thanksgiving dinner. Where did the time go? It seems like Halloween just came and went! Thanksgiving happens to be my favorite holiday simply because it was the last holiday my family and I were able to spend with my grandma before she passed away. It also brings families together and theres a slight magic in the air that lets me know that things are going to be ok. If you are like me this year and the role of host/hostess has fallen up on you, congratulations! I happen to love hosting Thanksgiving and I understand that planning a dinner can be stressful. With my help, you can make it through without losing your sanity!
Finances– This is important because Thanksgiving dinner can be costly. Take the time to go over your finances to decide whether you are able to cover the cost of the entire dinner or if a potluck dinner is the best way to go about it. What I like to do is cover the food and ask my family to provide beverages and desserts. At this point, you can get an estimate of how many people are going to be joining you. Once you figure out what you are planning to do, make a budget.
Research– Use this time to figure out what you want to make and look up recipes. Once the food is figured out begin looking for sales/coupons for the items you need and make a list. Turkeys tend to go on sale for cents on the dollar per pound or even get thrown in free with a grocery purchase so keep a sharp eye out! Starting at the end of October, the Sunday newspaper will begin to have coupons for Thanksgiving food items. If you have relatives staying with you- plan some easy to make meals such as crockpot meals or meals that let you use your Thanksgiving leftovers.
Shopping– This can go two ways, the first is shopping the sales. Buy things as they go on sale throughout the month so you are not stress shopping with millions of others the day before Thanksgiving. The second way to shop is all at once, just pull the bandaid off and charge into the supermarket like a warrior. If your store does grocery pickup, I highly suggest using it for either shopping scenario! No lines and best of all, no crowds! Reminder: do not forget your list and coupons!
Clean Up- Ahh, clean up. The words no hostess wants to hear! When I was young I would try to split right after dinner so I would not be asked to do the dishes (never worked). Personally, I try to make clean up as easy as possible so I go with disposable everything! I like to get these really nice plates from Sams Club and plastic dinnerware that has a silver coating. Don’t worry, both are recyclable! When dinner is cooking, try to clean as you cook! It may seem like common knowledge but clean up will be a breeze!
Prepare your house– If you have relatives staying with you it’s important to have the house ready to receive guests. Give your home a deep clean a few days prior, make sure there is enough towels and replenish household necessities as needed. You wouldn’t want to run out of TP on a day when the stores do not open until later in the night. If you have guests staying with you for the long weekend, keep the pantry and refrigerators stocked. You can leave board games in an easy to reach place so your guests can play if they please.
Accept Help– Being a host, especially for the first time, is a huge deal and feels like you have to do everything. I’m here to tell you that if someone offers to help, take them up on it! It will save you a lot of stress and it gives you a chance to enjoy the holiday too!
I love Thanksgiving, it’s my favorite holiday. Everything about it is awesome, first of you can stuff your face until you pass out, then go back for pie. I get to see all of my family together under one roof and watch my daughter relish in the memories being made. Once everything is done we like to go Black Friday Shopping together, we are crazy enough to love the day! Throughout the month, I plan to post more tips, decor and some recipe ideas so keep coming back to check it all out! Thank you for reading!