Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays of the year. Unlike most of the other festivals, this is a day in the year that is dedicated entirely to family, friends and food. These are the three things that make the best parties, after all, so throwing an amazing Thanksgiving Party is certainly going to be easy.
If you follow the right steps and make sure you plan the party well, you will be able to throw a thanksgiving party that will be the envy of most people! Believe us, people will be approaching you asking you for tips in no time at all!
If you are thinking of throwing a Thanksgiving party, you have to figure out the dinner first. After all, the meal is the best part of the day! The basic elements of the dinner will remain the same, but the rest might vary, depending on your family and your family’s taste.
Here are some important tips certainly help you get through this great day:
1. Plan before. Do not just leave everything to the last minute. It is incredibly tough to find a turkey the night before Thanksgiving so it is imperative for you to finish your shopping beforehand.
2. Make sure you cook extra. If you cooked extra food, you will always be able to eat it the next day, but it will not do for you to provide your guests with too little food. You have to keep in mind that some unexpected guests may turn up in the last minute as well.
3. Talking about guests- think about your guest list. You could throw a small Thanksgiving dinner party only for your family and closest friends or throw one for a lot of people. You could combine the two as well!
4. Don’t be too scared to experiment. People hold thanksgiving traditions close to heart, but you can add some things to the list of things to cook. For all you know, you might start a tradition yourself!
Let’s talk food
Turkey is the most important aspect of a Thanksgiving dinner. Make sure that you buy the turkey a few nights beforehand, so that you get a good quality turkey. If you have any vegetarians in your family or in your guest list, it would make sense for you to make some tofurkey (tofu-turkey, which is the vegetarian version of turkey) for them. It is not necessary for you to make all the food yourself.
As the host, you might have to make the turkey, but you could always ask the guests to prepare their signature dishes and bring them home for thanksgiving! This would not just reduce the burden on you, it would make the guests feel involved. Can you imagine the number of dishes you will get if you ask all the guests to get their own signature dishes too?!
It’s certainly time to loosen up. You have to think about replenishing your bar if you are calling people over for thanksgiving. If this is just dinner, you can make do with some beers or wine. However, if you are throwing a party, you might have to involve more alcoholic drinks. You have to make sure that the drinks are complementary to the food that you have cooked.
When serving the drinks, be careful. Do not serve too many drinks before the dinner starts, for it will not be nice to have a drunk guest at the table. It’s your party- you can control how much drinks is being served to the guests, after all!
Game night fun
There is always a big game on during Thanksgiving. Unless you are dispassionate about sports, it would be amazing to have your guests sit down and watch the game before dinner. The Thanksgiving Day game is always nice and most people look forward to it, so don’t deprive your guests of the pleasure. You could always plan the dinner before or after the game!
After party measures
In case you have called guests who have driven a long way to get to your Thanksgiving party, make sure that they leave on time. It would also be wise for you to ensure that people who have consumed a lot of alcohol do not do the driving. It won’t just wrap up thanksgiving dinner night, it would make you look like the responsible hostess as well!
Thanksgiving dinner is something that can be classy and quiet or loud and fun. You can choose to throw a quiet dinner for the family or a party for all your friends and family- the choice is entirely up to your budget and your preferences!