Getting the Most Out of Hosting the Thanksgiving Holiday

by Alex ThatcherNovember 15, 2017

5 Tips for Hosting a Successful Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it’s time to start planning! At, we’re here to help you make the most out of hosting the Thanksgiving holiday, no matter how many people are joining you at your table this year. Just follow these easy five tips to make your hosting duties a breeze.
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Start Early

One of the best ways to mitigate the stress of hosting a big holiday event is to start early. There are a couple things you can always prep ahead of time:

  • Food: You can start on the baked goods a couple days before Thanksgiving; pies and casseroles are great reheated.
  • Supplies: Hosting is more than making a meal; it’s providing the space for people to engage in community. There will be lots of little things to prep, pulling out the fancy serving dishes, or washing extra silverware, ironing table linens, etc. Don’t save these things until the last minute, but instead, try to get all of these things in order the weekend before hosting Thanksgiving.

One Word of Advice This Thanksgiving: Balance

Whether you’re hosting a Thanksgiving for a couple close friends or your partner’s entire extended family, it’s important to delegate tasks, including cooking. Seriously, decide which dishes you’re going to take on yourself, and which appetizers, drinks, or sides your guests can help out with. Our advice? Select a couple dishes that are important to you (yes, this is a great time to impress people with your grandmother’s secret recipes), and share the rest of the cooking responsibilities with your guests.

Another balancing act: you can supplement “from-scratch” recipes with a few store-bought items. Don’t be afraid to call on your local grocer or a favorite restaurant for rolls, biscuits, or other items that you don’t necessarily love making!
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Paying Attention to the Details

Trust us, paying attention to the little things goes a long way in creating a memorable holiday experience. Spend some time decorating your home with autumnal touches – Pinterest is full of easy DIY tutorials for asymmetrical wreaths, simple place settings, and Thanksgiving-themed crafts.

Get Creative With Your Crafts, Not Your Recipes

Speaking of crafts, another great way to get the most out of hosting Thanksgiving is to add crafts and activities into your plan. While we don’t advise trying out a fancy new recipe as a Thanksgiving host (stick to tried and true favorites, this brings less stress and less room for error), we do suggest getting creative with crafts for your guests.

For younger guests, gather a few supplies (pinecones, felt, feathers, and googly eyes), and set up a craft station for kids to make these adorable pinecone turkeys. And for adults, why not include a craft cocktail station? Who said crafts can’t be drinkable?
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Skip Black Friday, Opt Outside

Black Friday creeps up earlier and earlier every year, with many stores opening for rock-bottom deals as early as Thanksgiving Day. This year, don’t let excess culture and commercial shopping seep into a holiday centered on gratitude and giving. Instead, we encourage you to make the most of your Thanksgiving holiday by opting outside with your friends and family. Encourage loved ones to join you for a hike, or even just a walk through town, to continue celebrating the holiday together.

And there you have it! Keep these five tips in mind as you plan for your holiday, take a deep breath, and enjoy hosting Thanksgiving again or for the first time this year!

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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.