Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for all that the Lord has done for us and what better than to do it with the entire extended family. Most of us celebrate Thanksgiving with our relatives since the joy of this holiday definitely lies in celebrating with the family. If you are playing host for a Thanksgiving party, in all probability you are looking at a full table and this means a fair amount of effort.
Thanksgiving is about sharing and giving thanks, but it is a fact that organizing the large thanksgiving party can be quite a mood killer at times.
Below are some tips that will help you stay on top of things when throwing a thanksgiving party.
- Guest List – The first step of a successful Thanksgiving party is a guest list. You will only be able to plan well if you first seek a head count on how many guests you need to cater to. Ask all the relatives to RSVP to you. Do this at least two weeks before Thanksgiving so that you have enough time on your hands to plan the party. If you have guests coming from out of town, do make sure that you invite them well in advance so as to help them make their plans in time and book their tickets.
- Menu – There is no overlooking the food when it comes to Thanksgiving. The turkey is of course mandatory but there are a lot of other dishes that will need to be prepared too. Prepare a shopping list according to the various dishes that you are going to prepare. Keep in mind that if you are having kids over, it will help to make a chicken dish too, since not all kids like turkey. While the main course will take up your attention do not over look the dessert. Right from pumpkin pie to apple pies you can choose from it all. In short, once your guest list is done, plan out your menu.
- Shopping – Once your menu is ready you will have a shopping list in hand. Get all the things you require at least five days in advance. Remember that waiting for the last day will cause confusion and put pressure on your cooking which could lead to mistakes. Shop in time so that you have enough time for mishaps and also marinates…
- Preparations – From your menu list pick out the dishes that you can prepare a day or two before. Make these before the D day so that on the main day you need to only roast your turkey and lay out the table. It helps to prepare the side dishes a day or two before and also have the dessert ready a day before. If you menu does not allow you to cook before the final day, do all your chopping before hand so that on the main day your cooking is sped up.
All of these tips will help you to place a nice and lavish Thanksgiving dinner without pulling your hair out in the process.