Thanksgiving At Home

Thanksgiving is just a week away, and you haven’t started planning. Hosting a last-minute Thanksgiving dinner at home can be a bit more challenging, but with some quick thinking and efficient planning, you can still create a memorable and enjoyable gathering . The key to success? Keep it simple. Focus on a few favourite dishes that are easy to prepare and are proven crowd pleasers. Here are a few other tips for a successful Thanksgiving game plan:

Potluck It
Family members love to chip in, so don’t try to do everything yourself, and keep a list of who is bringing which dish. And for those who don’t cook? Have them bring a bottle of wine or make a quick trip to the supermarket for butter and cranberry sauce.

Plenty to choose from when everyone pitches in with their favourite dish

Kitchen Prep
The day before ensure you have all the necessary cookware, utensils, and serving dishes. Clean and organize your kitchen to make cooking and cleanup more efficient. Create a cooking schedule, starting early and be sure to use a crockpot. Plan on dishes you can make ahead of time, to get a jump on the big day. And have the table set the day before, leaving you more time when the guests arrive. 

Have the table ready the day before

Simple Décor
Remember the game plan – keep it simple. A pretty tablecloth, some handmade name cards, candles and a DIY centrepiece, and you’re ready. Use pumpkins, flowers from your garden, or things around the house for a simple, festive look.

Set the mood with a centrepiece you made yourself

To many, Thanksgiving is an all-day affair, but others can get a bit hangry waiting for the meal. The trick? Simple appetizers. They set the pace, your guests will appreciate the nibblies, and they can be a lifesaver when things run late in the kitchen. Here are some easy Thanksgiving appetizers you can try.

A few appetizers will keep the hungry group out of the kitchen

Plan some activities to keep your guests entertained before the meal. Whether it’s a guessing game, a gift exchange, or some outdoor fun, we found some ways to keep fun in the family day.

Plan some games for everyone while dinner is being prepared

Clean Up
Number one rule? Never turn down help. Thanksgiving cleanup is not something you should tackle alone. Consider using paper plates to make things easier, and try to clean as much as you can throughout the day. Here are a few more tips to help with the task. Remind yourself that you don’t have to clean up everything right away.

Make set up and clean up a family affair

Nothing is better than Turkey leftovers. Plan ahead and have containers ready for guests who want to take some home.
If you’re looking for some good recipes for those leftovers – the Pioneer Woman has some yummy ideas!

There’s nothing better than turkey leftovers

Enjoy the Company
Focus on spending time with your family and guests, not in the kitchen. After all, it’s these moments that are what the day is all about. Time with family, friends and loved ones is truly something to be thankful for.

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