Thanksgiving Day is a very happy and important holiday when all the family and friends get together at your home. That`s why no hostess wants the dinner to be a flop and her guests to leave her house displeased. In order to avoid discomfort, here are some tips for you to make the dinner go smoothly. Using these tips, you`ll host an unforgettable Thanksgiving dinner.
1. Plan the menu
A well thought-out menu is half a successful dinner. It can`t be postponed till the last moment. When deciding which dishes to choose you should consider all the dietary needs and preferences of your guests. Choose the meals carefully. If you want to try something new, you`d better prepare it before serving it to the guests, so you can taste it, and if necessary change into another dish.
2. Buy ingredients
You have already composed the menu, so now you exactly know what products are needed. It will be easier to write them in a list and go to the grocery store. Check your list carefully if you have missed something. You don`t need to run to the nearest shop in search of some missing ingredient. To make the thing easier, you may divide the list into two parts. The first includes the products which can be bought some time ahead of the holiday. The second part is the ingredients that should be purchased a day or two ahead. That will ensure freshness of all products, and you won`t forget anything.
3. Do prep work
It will be much easier for you in the day of the holiday if you do as much of preparatory work as possible beforehand. Think which dishes out of your list may be prepared ahead of actual day of Thanksgiving. It is unwise to do ll the stuff in a day, and to be pressed for time to spruce yourself up. It is possible to prepare some desserts or salads beforehand; moreover, some dishes may wait in the fridge to be put in the oven in its time.
4. Enlist help
When you have more than a few guests coming for dinner, it is next to impossible to undertake all the cooking and preparations. Every hostess needs help. Ask your husband, kids or best friend for help. Of course your assistant should be competent and trustworthy, and get your instructions well. A person on your beck and call is just exactly what you need when you have a huge amount of stuff to do.
5. Get dressed
Mind that you can`t meet your guests in an apron and undress. Decide what time you need to smarten yourself up and schedule the time for it. Very often things get hectic just before the guests come, so my advice is to get ready even earlier. You can change your special outfit very quickly, but you`d better take care of all the rest in advance: take shower, do your hair and makeup. Then you`ll look brilliant and manage to prepare a delicious dinner.
6. Don`t stress over details
On such a day, you might get upset or angry by no means. The stuffing is a little dry, you forgot to add lemons to the tea – these are such trifles! Nobody will even notice it unless to draw their attention. Details are not that important, the overall picture is the main thing. Create the festive atmosphere and make sure that your guests feel comfortable and enjoy the meals.
7. Enjoy your company
Thanksgiving is a family holiday when all our nearest and dearest sit at one table. We want to share this day with those we love and enjoy the time being together. Have a good talk with your guests, don`t stay in the kitchen all the time. Enjoy each other`s company and have fun. Your duties don`t end up on cooking, you have to do everything for your guests to remember this day.
Hosting a festive dinner is a challenge. And definitely there is nothing impossible for us, isn`t it? You must be having your own secrets how to make preparations for Thanksgiving dinner easier. Could you share them with us?