Hosting a big-deal holiday like Thanksgiving can feel like a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it’s nice not to have to travel during one of the craziest times of the year, and it can be cozy and fun to have friends and family all gather at your place. On the other hand, it can be a lot of work. Cooking for a big group requires a lot of thought, time, and prep—not to mention the costs of all that food, décor & booze that can add up quickly. Below, get a few helpful hints for how to juggle the many tasks of throwing an amazing Thanksgiving.
1) Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Appetizers
Give thanks for these unbeatable Thanksgiving appetizers that will leave your guests begging for more.
Gruyere, Mushroom, and Caramelized Onion Bites
Add Gruyere, mushrooms, and caramelized onions to puffed pastry for a simple and delicious appetizer.
2) Get your décor on.
Get ready to showcase the fall harvest and the beautiful fall colors with these insanely beautiful decorations. Relieve some stress the day off, by setting the table and getting centerpieces & bouquets ready in advance,
Going for an elegant look can be intimidating, but the key is to pick a color palette and stick to it. Incorporating functional items with various heights and textures allow this table to be interesting without being overwhelming.
3) Have a cocktail (or wine) ready to go.
Uncork a great Thanksgiving feast this year with wine. Whether you tend towards reds, whites, or bubbly, there's something here for everyone!
4) End your Thanksgiving day feast on a sweet note.
It may be the last course of a holiday meal, but it shouldn't be forgotten. No Thanksgiving feast is complete without a decadent dessert!
S'mores Hot Cocoa
5) Relax, have fun, and live in the spirit of the holiday!
Need some more help? Check out some of these helpful Thanksgiving guides.