Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, and some of you may be prepping for the arrival of friends and family members coming to your home or apartment. To keep you nerves at ease before the big feast, take time to enjoy the moments with your loved ones. To host a laidback get together in your apartment we’ve provided you with a few tips and tricks to help you prepare for Thanksgiving in a small space:
Make a Detailed Menu:
Not too many people can just wing a festive turkey dinner! You need to get an early start on planning. Create a detailed menu & assign guests to bring a specific item. This will not only take some of the stress of preparation off you, but it also helps your guests feel like they are involved in the gathering as well. If you let you guests decide what to bring, you may end up with five pumpkin pies & no green bean casserole. (TRAGIC)
Don’t Invite Too Many People:
Thanksgiving is all about sharing, and sharing is caring. But, as much as it is against the giving season, you don’t have to invite your entire contact list. Take your square footage into consideration and seriously think about how many people you can actually fit into your humble abode. Once you have decided on a number, stick to it!
Ask Your Guests to Bring Extra Tables/Chairs:
If you live in an apartment chances are you don’t own an extended dining table where all of your guests can sit comfortably together and pass the bread basket to one another. If you’re pressed for seating, reach out to your guests to see if they have tables/chairs to lend you for the day. It’ll save you money by not having to rent them & it’s another way for you guests to contribute to the day.
Make as Much Food Ahead of Time as Possible:
Hosting Thanksgiving lunch/dinner is a daunting task! With so many different dishes to shop for, prepare, cook, and serve, doing as much as you can in advance will help your stress level. Make small parts of your meal ahead of time, before all of the chaos sinks in. For example: Cranberry sauce can be made a week in advance & refrigerated in an air tight container. Homemade pie crusts can be made, shaped in their pie pans, and frozen in your freezer for up to a month.
Relax, Enjoy the Company, and Live in the Spirit of the Special Holiday!
The most important tip of all is to RELAX! Don’t forget that your guests are there to gather with you and everyone else, not to be entertained. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, laugh, and remember to be thankful on this chaotic and delicious holiday.