Thanksgiving is the time of the year when you get together with your family and loved ones, especially if you don’t get the chance to see them very often, in order to give thanks and spend some quality time together. But when you are meant to prepare a meal for a big group of people on such an important holiday, it can be quite easy to get sidetracked, particularly if you want everything to turn out perfect. Thankfully, you can follow these tips to make sure this year’s party will be better than ever:
In order to make sure everything will go smoothly on Thanksgiving Day, it is best to start planning at least two weeks in advance. Start by making a list of everyone who is coming to the dinner party. If you have time, you can even make some original handwritten invitations and hand them out to your guests for a more welcoming, personal touch. Then, make a list of all the ingredients you will need for preparing the feast and all the beverages and decorations you need to buy. This way, you’ll make sure you won’t forget something important and it will make the whole shopping process much easier, and you’ll have time to devote yourself to other details and aspects of your dinner party planning.
Constructing the menu
The most important aspect of any dinner party is carefully choosing the menu. That shouldn’t be a big problem when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, as there are many holiday traditions you are bound to follow. However, you should always be mindful of your guests when you plan out the menu and take their needs and preferences into account. You should always take specific diets, such as vegan and vegetarian, and most importantly, allergies into consideration, in order to make sure every guest can truly enjoy a happy and healthy Thanksgiving dinner.
Adding a modern twist to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is a wonderful idea, and opting for a cocktail-based aperitif before the big dinner might be the best solution. As it is the home of some of the most original cocktail recipes, mixology in NYC is a great option if why want some of the best themed cocktails. So, why not hire a mixologist in NYC to spice up your dinner party with interesting fall cocktails, while also providing you with entertainment and useful knowledge of the craft? Of course, adding a few appetizers to your menu, such as crackers and canapés, would be great, as it’s never a good idea to drink on an empty stomach.
Before you make any other decisions about the dining table décor, the first thing to do is to decide on a color palette. Although there are endless color schemes you can choose from, most people go for autumnal dining décor, as Thanksgiving is so closely related to this season. Think of the changing colors of the fall leaves when you’re choosing the tablecloth, the tableware and the napkins, as they come in the most beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red. A combination of these warm colors will look great in any dining room, and they will surely make your dinner even more special and memorable.
Going the extra mile
If you started planning your Thanksgiving dinner on time, you will probably have some spare time to go a step further in the decoration process. Although full home decorations are mostly reserved for Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving is a beloved holiday that should be treated just the same. There are many thanksgiving décor ideas online, so why not go the extra mile to make sure your house feels warm, cozy and welcoming for your guests? Choosing an interesting decoration project and preparing a feast for your loved ones will be fun on this wonderful family holiday.
About the author:
Peter is a fashion stylist and a writer from Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design he worked as a fashion stylist for few local fashion events. Beside fashion and styling, he enjoys traveling around exotic destinations and discovering new vintage stores. He’s future plans are in creating his personal styling business.