If you’re planning on hosting your first Thanksgiving party this year, we’ve got some tips to help you get through it. Whether you’re doing it solo or with your family, these Thanksgiving party ideas will help you welcome everyone and ensure everyone has a good time. So let’s get started!
If you’re trying to impress your guests, you’ll want to spruce up your home just in time for Thanksgiving. Pick up some fall & harvest decor and stick them on your coffee table, dining room table, or kitchen countertop. If you don’t have any surfaces to stick decorations on, consider setting up a table in your living room for fun centerpieces or tabletop decor. You can also hang white streamers from one end of your house to another if you have high ceilings—they will add a fun effect and look especially impressive when contrasted against dark furniture. Finally, place candles all over your house for an elegant yet cozy feeling.
Everyone should wear something comfortable so they don’t get in their own way. It’s always fun to go all out for a holiday, but dressing up can seem daunting when you’re already busy preparing your home for guests. Try to pick an outfit that is not too heavy or bulky—you might end up spending most of your time in the kitchen. I suggest opting for vibrant, patterned apparel that makes you feel festive. If you’re a new mama, a nice dress from Sweet Salt Clothing is perfect for a baby to enjoy his mealtime at Thanksgiving dinner. A nice comfortable skirt paired with something simple such as a blouse or knit top will be both fashionable and functional for anyone. When dressing your little one, cute pinafore dresses from Presley Couture are stylish and practical since you can add layers with leggings and long or short-sleeved tops. If you aren’t sure what you want to wear, ask your friends if they have any advice—sometimes their ideas are just what we need!
One of the easiest ways to add a little holiday flair to your dining table is by setting out a centerpiece. You can either create your own from fall foliage or buy pre-made centerpieces from local stores. Whichever you choose, simply place flowers in colorful, glass bowls and add candles for added ambiance. If you’re short on time, consider opting for a ready-made centerpiece instead of creating one from scratch.
Make sure to thoroughly research your recipes and plan your menu out in advance, so you don't run into any snags while preparing dinner. Also, keep it simple: Let guests help themselves and give them lots of options for munching on appetizers and sipping on cocktails. If you're hosting at home, make sure to clean up as you go; you want your guests to be able to enjoy their time with you rather than worrying about putting away all those dishes once they're stuffed. (If everything goes as planned, that is.) Finally, pick up some more wine—and some coffee—to round out your offerings; nothing says celebration like spiked mulled apple cider.
Now that you’ve learned everything there is to know about hosting a successful and enjoyable Thanksgiving dinner, it’s time to plan your own holiday celebration. Make sure you pay attention to all of these things and your guests will surely be thankful they came. Also, don’t forget to add some awesome dessert on top of it; every dinner needs dessert! But most importantly, make sure you enjoy yourself; after all, it is your holiday party. And remember: It’s not how much food you serve at Thanksgiving that counts but rather how much gratitude you show for having such wonderful people in your life! Happy Hosting!