Thanksgiving is this week! I'm getting pretty excited at having our family over and have been working for a few days now on getting myself organized and prepared for the busiest cooking day of the year! I put together this Kitchen Tip post on entertaining tips that I use to help make all my entertaining go smoothly.
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 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.
I plan on serving buffet-style again and already have the tables in place...
Label each tray with what food you plan on using it for.
Also, place the serving utensil in each tray…
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…
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