Have a more fun, engaging and entertaining holiday party by including friends and family in your planning, and by incorporating these Top 5 Tips for Hosting a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Day.
With only one week to go until the Thanksgiving Day holiday, I can imagine that if you are planning to host guests at your home, you might be starting to stress about this heart-felt holiday.
With a little planning, and these tips, I can assure you that you can not only enjoy the day, but your Thanksgiving Day will be much less stressful and a lot more fun.
Top 5 Tips for Hosting a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Day:
accept help from family and friends
plan your menu at least one week (or more) in advance
shop and purchase ingredients days (up to one week) early
prep and cook dishes that can be prepared in advance and store until ready to serve
gather and set your table and place settings the night before
For me, I have learned the hard way that I need to chill when planning dinner for a crowd. I’ve also learned that when I am prepared and relaxed that I deliver a much better experience for everyone – guests included, but especially for myself.
For years, I’ve been told by friends and family that I’m a perfectionist. And, when hosting a dinner (much less than when prepping a holiday dinner for a crowd!), I want everything to be flawless and perfect. In an effort to pull off the “perfect party”, I do everything from sending a darling invitation to my guests, planning my menu, shopping for the freshest ingredients, setting the perfect table setting, baking fresh desserts and cooking every single dish from scratch. And, the day (for me) doesn’t even end there…, I escort my guests to the living room to enjoy hours of entertaining conversation, until I usher them home, bid them a warm goodbye, while I then rush to the kitchen to clean. Bleck!
Notice anything missing from that entire equation? My guests aren’t expected to do or bring anything! The burden entirely rides on me. Gulp. Talk about stressful! And truthfully, not very wise.
After all those years of trying to achieve being the perfect party host, I have learned one valuable lesson along the way. Your guests want to be included, they want to contribute, and they want to help. They want an engaging, interactive, fun-filled evening and they do that by getting involved and helping.
One fantastic tip I plan to add to my list is the one I learned from lifestyle expert Maureen Petrosky: Clear away the clutter from one room per night. I simply love this idea! By implementing this simple tip a week or two in advance, the job of de-cluttering doesn’t become so overwhelming that it paralyzes you. It becomes manageable, do-able and smart.
For a comprehensive list of holiday entertaining tips and tricks, head over to Real Women Online where Maureen shares The Holidays Are Here: Entertain Like A Pro. She has some extraordinary ‘stay cool’ tips for dealing with holiday anxiety!
What tips do you have for keeping your Thanksgiving holiday stress-free? Share in the comments!
Relax. You’ve got this! And remember… don’t overthink it!