Preparing your home for the Thanksgiving holidays may seem like a tough process, but it is something that can be easily and quickly done by taking a few simple steps. Here is a quick look at some of the methods that I have found can effectively reduce all of the stress and anxiety that is involved with getting your home ready for the holidays.
1. Decorate Tastefully
Decorating your home might seem like a gargantuan task, even if you are like me and only have a small apartment. Also, the cost of all these decorations might make decorating seem like an impossible task. Luckily, there are a few cheap and easy ways that you can get your home ready for Thanksgiving. First, you can easily and cheaply improve the look of your home with artificial silk plants. The best plants that work for the holidays are aloe plants,as well as garlands and wreaths the resemble holly and pine. These beautiful decorations last forever, so they make wise investments that you can use for years to come. Also, consider buying festive napkins and construction paper. The napkins can be placed on pieces of furniture around your home to give everything a festive mood. Construction paper can also be used to cheaply create a variety of different decorations, such as turkeys and pumpkins that can make creative decorations that can be placed throughout a home.
2. Prepare the Bathroom
The bathroom is an important room to prepare for any number of guests. You should always store extra rolls of toilet paper under the sink and place a plunger and scrubber discretely behind the toilet. If you have a toilet that requires special instructions, post a small note on it. This will save your guests any embarrassment that might be associated with using your bathroom. You can also help to make the bathroom a part of the festivities by buying specially scented soap and by placing fall colored towels near the sink.
3. Start Cooking Early
Do not be afraid to prepare some of the side dishes ahead of time. This will help you create the Thanksgiving meal without worrying about so many small details. The best dishes to freeze include pie crust, cookie dough, gravy stock and soup. Also, many different types of salads can be easily stored in the refrigerator for several days. Thus, begin your cooking a couple days before the holidays and you will only have a few things that you need to prepare before your guests arrive on the big day.
4. Order Out
Consider ordering the main dish. Nobody is going to judge you harshly for choosing to order a turkey or ham, rather than spending all day slaving away in the kitchen. Just make sure you order your dish several weeks before Thanksgiving, since these specialty items will often sell-out extremely quickly. While a homemade turkey or ham often tastes great, you might discover a new affinity for having these things ordered when you taste what professionals can do with these meats.
5. Prepare a Few Words
You are not expected to give a long speech as the host of a Thanksgiving meal, but you should expect to say a few words. You can simply express gratitude to your guests for coming to the meal and move forward with the meal. If you are religious, you can also say a simple prayer or ask a guest before proceeding. By being prepared for this simple event, you can help to truly bring a festive spirit to the holiday, increasing all of your guests’ level of enjoyment.
6. Compile an Assortment of Beverages
It is customary to have a variety of drinks on hand, including alcohol. Even if you are not one to drink alcohol, wine is a common beverage for Thanksgiving dinner. You should also stock up on filtered water, healthy juices, and soda, so that you can offer drinks that appeal to each of your guests. It is also important to make sure that you have a large number of these drinks, since guests will more than likely also spend time drinking before and after the meal.