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8 Tips to Hosting Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the most delicious holidays and luckily for us, it’s right around the corner! Whether you are celebrating with family from far away or friends right next door, we are here to help you host a successful Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving celebration!

Have a Head Count.

Whether you are hosting an intimate affair or a large elaborate celebration, make sure you have enough food and wine, especially wine, for all of your guests. Here is a handy chart to help you plan portions. *Courtesy of Whole Foods.

How to plan Thanksgiving Dinner

Delegate Dishes.

Hosting a big dinner like Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving can be a big under taking, even if you are a seasoned vet. Don’t be shy to delegate dishes to your guests. Whether it’s appetizers, side dishes, or desserts, have everyone help! Remember to be very specific when you designate dishes. No one wants three sweet potato casseroles showing up with no other side dishes. #ThanksgivingFail

Assign Seats.

You don’t need to create a seating chart, but if you feel like getting festive, create fall inspired name cards. Looking for something simple? Cover your table in brown packing paper, grab a gold marker, and write everyone’s name by their place setting. If you have extra space, add in some extra lines so your guests can write down what they are thankful for this year.

Repurpose Pumpkins.

Need decorations? No need to go overboard at a high end store. Use your leftover pumpkins and gourds from Halloween and repurpose them into a festive fall centerpiece like this. Be sure to double check all of them and make sure none of them are starting to mold!

Thanksgiving Day Decorations

Custom Cocktails.

Cheers! Create a custom cocktail for your guests to sip and savor all day long. Whether it’s hot apple cider or a hard cider sangria (yum) channel your culinary creative. Need some inspiration? Check out these 11 easy and delicious Thanksgiving cocktails from Food and Wine Magazine.

Tupperware and To-Go.

Since everyone’s eyes are bigger than their stomachs, you will most likely have leftovers. Don’t send everyone home empty handed! Stock up on tupperware and to-go containers beforehand so you can dish up to-go plates for all of your guests to enjoy the next day.

Free up the Fridge.

Speaking of leftovers, make sure you have enough room in your refrigerator to store any leftover dishes. Clear out the fridge a few days before the big day so you have an ample amount of space for any holiday leftovers.

Enjoy the moment.

Remember, Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving does not have to be perfect. There may be some hiccups along the way and that’s okay. At the end of the day, if you are surrounded by family and friends, you have a lot to be thankful for, and after all, isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about?

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