Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Each year, we feel overwhelmed during this time, especially if we’re hosting the Thanksgiving dinner. So I broke it down for you in this guide to help you plan ahead and enjoy this holiday.
How To Decorate
Although I love cooking, setting up the table and decorating is my favorite part of hosting a party. I love buffet style dinners because that means there’s a lot of space for your guests to eat comfortably and for you to decorate the table center. Thanksgiving is the epitome of Fall.
For the center table piece, think about lots of pumpkins, some dried corn and of course candles to make the dinner more intimate. Play around with different levels, textures, and colors to make a really unforgettable table setting.
You can print the name tags with a cute font or you can write them yourself. This personalized touch will help you plan the seating beforehand, avoiding any confusion. Also, it’s a great way to play matchmaker…
What To Serve
Besides the obvious turkey, stuffing and typical side dishes, make sure you’re well aware of all your guests’ dietary restrictions. This orange beet and goat cheese salad recipe is a perfect starter. This butternut squash recipe is perfect for fall and for dessert this white chocolate chip macadamia cast iron skillet cookie recipe is a definite crowd pleaser!
As for drinks, mulled wine is a great option. It tastes delicious, is festive and a definite crowd pleaser. Also, you can make it ahead of time and keep it on low heat until you need to serve it. Oh and did I mention, it will make your whole house smell like Christmas?
Rob actually makes great mulled wine, so here’s his recipe.
For the kids, some apple cider is a great option!
What To Wear
Thanksgiving is all about family, friends and loved ones. Most likely, the dinner you’re hosting won’t be a black-tie event. Although you can be a little more festive at Christmas parties, on Thanksgiving, it’s more about being classy, comfy and a little more down to earth. Wait until the last minute to change into your outfit to avoid any food stains and make sure you’re looking fresh and put together for your guests. As you’ll be moving around during dinner to serve your guests, make sure you’re wearing something your comfortable in. Ruffly sleeves are cute, but they’re probably a little inconvenient for a dinner party. Keep your outfit simple, and jazz it up with some statement jewelry. Your makeup also should look fresh and minimal, nothing too overdone. Save that smokey eye look for NYE.
Here some outfit ideas:
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