5 Tips for Preparing Your Home for a Thanksgiving Gathering

Happy family sitting at dinner table for a Thanksgiving gathering

The holiday season is here and for those hosting get-togethers, it can be easy to become stressed at the thought of your to-do list. From cooking dinner to having visitors in your home, it can become a daunting task trying to make everything perfect. To help, we've created a list of things you can do in advance to help you enjoy the day. Whether you're hosting a smaller Friendsgiving or a larger, more traditional, family gathering, these are guaranteed to help make your day run as smoothly and stress-free as possible.

5 Tips for Preparing Your Home This Thanksgiving

1. Plan Your Holiday Table

First and foremost, you want to make sure you have room for everyone. Do you need to set up more tables and chairs? Or will everyone fit around your usual dining table? Alongside having enough space for your guests, you want to make sure places can be easily set or taken away depending on who might show up. While you might not have planned on your friend bringing along the new woman he's dating, you want to make her feel as welcome as possible.

Depending on the type of dinner theme you have will also dictate what your table will look like. Whether you're going super casual with paper plates and plastic utensils or planning a formal dinner with your fine china, making sure you have all the plates, silverware, and glasses you need ahead of time will get rid of the need to frantically run to the store day-of.

2. Get Your House Ready

Do you need to deep clean your home from basement to attic? No, of course not. But preparing bedrooms, cleaning bathrooms, and doing a quick sweep with a broom or vacuum are little things you can do to make sure your home feels welcoming for all your guests.

3. Enlist Help

Just because you're the homeowner does not mean you need to do everything alone. Ask a friend or family member if they want to help host with you. Splitting tasks up between another person, or a group of people, is the perfect way to take some of the stress off your shoulders and help the day run smoother than a bowl full of mashed potatoes.

4. Prep Your Kitchen

Along with planning your menu in advance, you also want to make sure you have all the tools, equipment, and electrical plugins you need to execute your dinner. Now is the time to take inventory of everything needed so you're not running out day-of, trying to find tin foil or a roasting pan.

5. Enjoy Spending Time with Guests

That's what the holidays are all about, spending time with friends and family. At the end of the day, it's important to remember that people won't care if dinner didn't come out perfectly, on schedule, or if your home isn't decorated from top to bottom. What they'll remember is the good time they had spending it with their loved ones.

The holiday season only comes around once a year. Don't spend it stressed out planning the ultimate dinner. Take a look at these tips and your home will be perfectly prepared by the time your first guest arrives.

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