Most Thanksgiving articles focus on the food: how to prepare the perfect turkey, which side dishes to serve, and things of that nature. While we definitely appreciate mealtime tips, we want to offer some insight on how to make your home the per fect gathering place for your guests. After all, Thanksgiving is all about “togetherness” with family and friends. We love the nostalgia of Thanksgiving traditions, visiting with loved ones, and expressing thanks for our blessings. As much as we all cherish this time of fellowship, sometimes everyone together under the same room can feel crowded and chaotic. In this article, we offer some strategies for directing the flow of Thanksgiving traffic in your home and tips for making each room ideal for hosting loved ones.
TURKEY DAY TIPS (that are not about the turkey)…
1. Plan ahead.
The kitchen is no doubt the most popular room in the house during Thanksgiving. Guests are either eager to help or want to know when the food will be ready. To avoid kitchen chaos, make as much food ahead of time as possible and clean as you go. This keeps the kitchen a positive, welcoming environment instead of a stress-filled disaster area.
Bonus Tip: If you have a bar area in your kitchen, serving drinks and light appetizers is a great way to entertain guests while also keeping them out of your prep space.