The holiday season is upon us. First up, is Thanksgiving; the perfect time of year to enjoy family dinners, watch football, and give thanks for our blessings. If you are hosting a Thanksgiving get-together, you may be feeling the pressure to create the perfect day and meal for your friends and loved ones.
Here are some tips for getting your home ready for Thanksgiving:
Make Sure the Guest Rooms Have Clean Sheets
If you are planning to have guests sleepover, make sure the sheets in your guest rooms are clean. Nothing is worse than crawling into a bed with old, musty sheets. Even if you aren’t planning on having loved ones sleepover, make sure your guest rooms are clean and ready in case an unexpected guest decides to sleepover.
Reorganize Your Valuables
Everybody loves having kids around during the holidays, but during these exciting times, it’s easy for them to get carried away. If you have valuables or antiques on display in your home, consider storing them for the big day so that nothing gets accidentally broken or ruined.
Go Easy on the Décor
Between a few fall-scented candles and some key table dressings, Thanksgiving décor should be understated and classic. The day is less about bells and whistles and more about enjoying time with your family. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase some fall crafts by the kids or enjoy the scent of a homemade fall potpourri.
Food Prep is Your Friend
Preparing a Thanksgiving dinner is tough work; you have the turkey, the potatoes, the stuffing, the cranberry sauce, and so many other dishes and desserts. The best way to prevent yourself from being overworked on Thanksgiving day is by prepping as much food as possible beforehand. If you are baking, get it done in advance. You can even peel potatoes or make your famous turkey dressing in advance. This way, you’re able to enjoy your company rather than running around the kitchen trying to make everything perfect.
Delegate, Delegate, Delegate
Instead of running between the kitchen and the dining room to get the table set and the turkey basted at the same time, delegate some of your chores. Setting the table is a great task for kids to make them feel like they had a hand in the celebrations and give them a sense of what Thanksgiving is like for the adults.
Don’t Sweat the Little Things
The pressure to host a perfect Thanksgiving is almost enough to make any host or hostess vow never to host Thanksgiving again. Just remember that your guests will likely forget a smudged fork or burnt pumpkin pie. What they will remember is the laughter and sense of togetherness that Thanksgiving is supposed to bring.
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