Thanksgiving dinner is one of the highlights of the year, especially for large families. It is the best time to gather as a family if you want to make new memories and share quality time with everyone. Those of you who have large families may have outgrown your family home when it comes to hosting a large dinner. You do have options that you can use that will allow you to host the best family dinner possible.
Here are 8 tips to help you host a memorable Thanksgiving dinner.
Create a guest list and find out who you can invite online and who will need a written invitation sent to them. Make sure to create an invitation that contains all of the necessary information that a person will need to find the venue. Another good idea is to create a Facebook group where you can post updates to the family members attending.
The next step is to choose a location that is big enough for your entire family to gather comfortably. You will want to book early so that you can get the day and time you want. Some locations may book their facility on Thanksgiving Day. You may have to agree to clean the place thoroughly when you are done or hire a professional cleaning service to make sure it is clean when the dinner is over.
Every gathering needs a theme. Thanksgiving is a theme within itself. If you want to broaden it out a bit, choose a theme that encourages everyone to be thankful for their family. Share memories and create a book or some other form of digital media that will allow you to carry on the tradition of a family Thanksgiving dinner. Fall and Thanksgiving go hand in hand. A touch of the fall harvest can't hurt either.
Create a Thanksgiving menu that will allow everyone in your family to have some of their favorite Fall foods. Turkey, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and gravy, and hot apple cider. Expand on the list by allowing everyone to bring in a dish of their own. Share recipes and try a new dish or two. You will be surprised at all of the food you will be able to try when everyone brings something new.
Make a grocery list so that you have everything you will need to make the foods you like. You will also need to make sure you have enough cutlery, napkins, serving forks and spoons, and beverages. It will be easier to shop if you know how many people you are expecting at the gathering.
Shop early. Start buying some of the utensils a few weeks before the actual gathering. Keep a running inventory of the things you buy so you will have everything in hand long before the day of the gathering. This will also allow you to look for discounts and coupons that will save you money.
Try to gain access to the venue the night before your event. It will make it easier to focus on the food on Thanksgiving Day. Ask for volunteers to show up to decorate. It will make the process go much faster, and you can have the decoration finished in a few hours.
Have a few Thanksgiving Day activities planned for the adults and the children. This will keep everyone busy and may actually even start a few new family traditions.
These are a few ways in which you can plan for and host the perfect Thanksgiving dinner! Our team at Fuller Insurance Agency wishes you a very Happy Thanksgiving!