8 Tips to Hosting a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends. However, preparing to host guests for Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful. Prepare your kitchen and get organized for a successful, fun and stress-free Thanksgiving.

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1 – Update Your Space

Hosting a big Thanksgiving dinner is a great excuse to finally tackle your kitchen remodel. Plan ahead to ensure the project is complete before the holidays. Purchase new appliances to make your event run smoothly. Also, replace worn or outdated countertops for a fresh and functional new look. Another easy, affordable upgrade is new lighting. With the shorter days, quality lighting is essential to see to prepare your Thanksgiving meal.

2 – Clean Your Kitchen

Before you start your Thanksgiving meal preparation, deep clean your kitchen. Sanitize countertops and appliances, mop the floor, dust all surfaces and clear out clutter. You can’t work efficiently in a dirty space.

3 – Get Organized

Take the time in the weeks before the holidays to get organized. Tackle tasks like cleaning out your pantry and throwing out expired items. This will help you to know what you need to buy for Thanksgiving dinner. Also, make sure your cookbooks are handy and that you have enough dinnerware and serving pieces.

4 – Plan the Menu

It’s not wise to try and wing Thanksgiving dinner! Create a menu plan well in advance. Smart meal planning means you can shop ahead of time and even ask your guests to bring an item to contribute. You can lower your stress and create a timeline for meal prep when you have a solid plan in place.

5 – Put Your Guests to Work

Dinner guests are usually happy to help. If you have a clean kitchen and a plan for dinner, it’ll be easy to invite guests into your kitchen to help. Determine ahead of time which tasks you will assign to guests. Items like pouring drinks, setting the table and keeping the kids entertained are all great to delegate.

6 – Have Entertainment Space

Thanksgiving is more than just a meal. It’s a day to spend quality time with friends and family. Set up comfortable spaces in your home for people to relax and be entertained. An outdoor kitchen is a great place to set up a drink station and appetizers. If the weather is nice, set up a television outdoors for football watching while the kids play in the yard.

7 – Stick With Your Budget

Whether you’re considering a remodeling project or just your dinner menu, stick with your budget. Don’t be stressed because you’ve overspent. The important thing is to celebrate with those you love.

8 – Be Thankful

It’s Thanksgiving after all. Remember to be thankful this holiday season. Also, build in time to relax and visit with your guests. A good plan and organization will help reduce stress and allow you to enjoy this Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! At First Coast Supply, we’re grateful that we get to help our clients design their dream kitchens and bathrooms. We offer the latest designs for cabinets, appliances and countertops in Jacksonville, Florida. Stop by our Showroom today to get your home prepared for a stress-free holiday.