Thanksgiving Day Tips...

Saturday, November 23, 2013


Thanksgiving is just a few days away and I've put together a great list of tips to help you become The Hostess with the Mostess...



(Photo Credit:  Google Images)


By now you should have your menu planned and your grocery list ready.  
The next important thing to do is to plan out HOW you want to serve your dinner.   
Do you want to carry all the platters/bowls into the dinning room and pass them around the table 
or do you want to serve your meal buffet style?  

If you’re having a small gathering, I suggest carrying the platters into the dinning room and beginning
with the head of your table, usually your husband, have him take the platter, serve himself
 and then pass the platter to the guest on his right.
Please do NOT  put all the platters and bowls on the table and have everybody start “reaching.”

If you are having a large gathering, I suggest setting up a buffet table.
Do this a few days BEFORE Thanksgiving.
The last time we hosted Thanksgiving, I set up the buffet table in our kitchen.
I didn’t use any “fancy” platters, I opted to go for EASY CLEANUP
buffet setup
Label each tray with what food you plan on using it for.
Also, place the serving utensil in each tray…
buffet setup
Now, WHERE do you plan on serving your appetizers?
Plan this out also a few days before also.
Again, the last time we hosted,  I set up a table in the dinning room…
YES, label everything AGAIN!
This really does work, especially if family and friends are helping you…

Now let's discuss the table.  I love setting a pretty table!  
Plan out your seating arrangement a few days early as well.
 We had 19 people at our table the last time, so I made a simple chart to help me…
Bring in extra tables if needed.
We have this extra smaller table in our basement that we placed right next to
our dinning room table.  Once covered with tablecloths, they work perfectly together…
  You should get the tables together and your tablecloths ironed a few days before.  
AND set the table a day or two early also.  
Thanksgiving is the time to get out your pretty dishes and glasses…
 Place cards help.   If you want to see how I made the above cards, click on the below photo...

Now, on to some “housekeeping” tips.
Please make sure your dishwasher is EMPTY or close to empty, even if this means you have
to run it before everyone arrives…
Don’t forget to empty your garbage pail.
It will make cleanup much easier…
I hope you’ll find these tips useful.
They really do help to make a busy day in the kitchen a little easier by planning ahead,
but more importantly, they help you ENJOY your family and ENJOY the meal
you spent THREE DAYS cooking for!

Thanksgiving with the Christensens 2011

5 comments :

  1. What a beautiful family gathered around your dining room table! Thank you for all the great tips...I love the one about labeling each serving piece with what will be served in it.

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  2. I love that picture!

    Thank you for all of the great tips!

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  3. Great tips! Thanks for sharing them :)

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  4. What a great picture! and wonderful tips! Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. Great tips for any gathering really. I like the buffet table idea! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on Twitter! Have a great week!
    Kim

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