I LOVE when the season finally turns and it actually feels like fall. The leaves changing and darker colors make me feel warm and cozy and reminds me that Thanksgiving is coming. Every year since we bought our home my husband and I have hosted Thanksgiving dinner at our house. This year, I’m already prepped with a menu (started planning it in September) and I can’t wait to decorate for the family feast. If this is your first year hosting Turkey Day you’ll want to have the items below as part of your dinner setup.
If you’re like me you’ve scrolled Pinterest and fallen in love with any Magnolia or Crate & Barrel tablescapes you’ve seen in the magazines. It can be hard to not want to rush out and buy all new plates and holiday specific decor, but most budgets (including mine) just don’t allow for that. Not to mention the extra steps of running around to collect decor adds stress to your hosting plan. If you’re hosting for the first time this year you may be starting to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of items on your to-do list and the thought of hosting a dinner for multiple people. I’m no pro but I’ve done it a time or two so here are my five best tips for hosting a smooth, low stress Thanksgiving.
So if you read my About Me page you know that I admire Joanna Gaines and the businesses she and Chip have built. Also, Target + Hearth + Hand are just the best combos. That makes these trivets (the things that keep your tabletop safe from heat) the best, functional and pretty. You have to have multiple trivets and hot mitts around if you’re hosting a huge feast.
It can be hard after looking at Pinterest to feel like your home is ready for hosting more than four people but there are a couple of items you can have on hand that will make you feel more put together. I love using cloth napkins for dinner, especially holiday dinners. These navy fringe napkins are great to have year round and you can’t beat $9.99 for a 4 pack.
Trust me, you’re going to want to have multiple ladles around. You’d think you’d only need one for gravy but people find stuff to use a ladle for you wouldn’t expect.
I feel like this is something rare people remember until they are trying to dish up the leftovers to take home. A friend who is coming to Thanksgiving this year offered to bring Tupperware which I thought was genius! These meal prep containers are great for giving someone a little cranberry salad without getting it all over the mac and cheese!
Yes, I know this seems obvious. The first year we hosted though I did not have one of these. I was so used to there just being one available that I hadn’t thought I might need to buy one for my own home.
Jessica Deleo is a licensed agent in Richmond, Virginia with One South Realty Group. All information provided is of my own opinion and intended for educational purposes only. Read full disclaimer.