Ideas for Thanksgiving Dinner Entertaining in 2023
Possibly the tastiest family event of the year, Thanksgiving is one of the largest. There's nothing better than having enough food in the fridge for days' worth of breakfast, lunch, and supper after dinner.
This year, are you hosting Thanksgiving for the first time? Although preparing and serving this large dinner is a significant accomplishment for everybody, there may also be considerable stress and worry during this period. Although hosting is a lot of work and a lengthy to-do list, it may go quite well with adequate planning. Potlucks are a common part of Thanksgiving feasts, which is one of its pleasures. Let friends and family help out with the food, and don't feel bad about delegating the labor-intensive responsibilities associated with the feast to others.
Draw in a full breath. Grab a pen and some paper. Determine the following: What is the expected attendance? The meals will be served where? Do you have a recipe? How at ease are you in the kitchen? If so, incorporate them into your dinner.
Make your meal with easy-to-follow recipes in mind. Even while serving something unusual at dinner might be entertaining, go for a trademark drink like a batch of cider cocktails rather than a full recipe that needs strange ingredients and three days to prepare.
Make a grocery list and divide the products into perishable and non-perishable categories to make shopping and storing easier. A week or two in advance, buy non-perishables; the day or two before Thanksgiving, pick up perishables.
You will need between 3/4 and 1 pound of turkey per person for the turkey. You will still have enough food for one day after this. Purchase the bird as soon as you can, then freeze it. You need a day to thaw out every four pounds of turkey. If you're going to purchase your turkey online, shop early.
Count the number of visitors to your home, including the number of youngsters. Make sure you have adequate glasses and silverware ready. Rather than necessarily being at the head, position yourself closest to the kitchen. For a more dynamic partnership, it is ideal to keep the young children with the parents but to divide the pair. Bonus advice: Give lefties space to eat without running into one other's elbows by letting them sit in corners.
Thanksgiving is not a day to take it easy. Establish a timetable and follow it. Above all, aim to be prepared up to one hour before to the arrival of your visitors.
The day before, set the table.
This will not only ensure that your table is set for guests when they arrive at your house, but it will also allow you to see if any dishes, glasses, silverware, or other items are missing. After that, you can either hire backups (more on that later) or encourage visitors to bring some. The main benefit is that you have less things on your mind during the day, which allows you to concentrate on eating, drinking, and hanging out with your loved ones.
Additionally, remember to get every room in the house ready. Make sure your kitchen is tidy before leaving for your trip by emptying the trash can and dishwasher. Sort your litter box into many bags so that you always have a new bag available for use when the first one becomes full. Remove valuables from the living room to protect them from children who have too much energy. Cover the pillows and duvet with sheets to keep them dust-free if jackets and bags will be left on the bed. Lastly, it's a great touch to light a candle in the restroom.
Being grateful for what you have, even if the turkey is cooked and the tablecloth is ruined, is the main message of the holidays. Cherish moments spent with loved ones and make notes of amusing tales or Thanksgiving greetings to share over dinner the next year.