Thanksgiving Hosting: A Survival Guide for You and Your New Home

People Holding Hands Praying Thanksgiving Celebration

Perhaps you were already dreaming of hosting your first Thanksgiving in the dining room while you were shopping for new homes. Now is the time! In the spirit of giving, we’ve put together some tips on how you celebrate your first Thanksgiving in your new WestBay home without the stress.

Make a plan

Yes, Thanksgiving is next week but you don’t need to panic (please don’t panic!). You can still start planning now for a smooth holiday feast. Find some time to nail down the specifics of the following points:

  • Guest list: get firm commitments from your invited guests since the number of people coming will influence your menu
  • Dinner menu: set your menu and order your turkey or any other special items. Coordinate any dishes you’re having guests bring so there aren’t too many of the same types of side dishes.
  • Shopping list: review your recipes and pantry to create a master shopping list of everything you’ll need for dinner so you won’t need to make a last-minute grocery run the morning of! This review also goes for your cooking utensils Also check out your seating arrangements to see if you’ll need to buy or rent additional tables/chairs.
  • Create a timeline: the idea of cooking Thanksgiving dinner can be overwhelming but you can remove some of the overwhelm by creating a timeline. Prep what you can ahead of time (wash/chop vegetables, bake pies and other desserts, etc.) and make a cooking order so you know what should be in the oven or on the stove. Be sure to leave enough time to thaw your bird!

Prepare your kitchen

Because your kitchen will serve as your command room, you’ll want to take the time to get your kitchen ready for the flurry of activity that’s coming ahead. Clean out your fridge and toss any old food. This serves two purposes: first, you’ll be making room for all the holiday food and secondly, it’s a good excuse to toss the mystery leftovers you’ve forgotten about anyway. Finally, clean your oven but don’t use the self-cleaning function! Instead, wipe down the interior of the oven with a mild detergent or oven cleaner, as well as around the burners.

Ready your home for guests

If you’re expecting guests, use the weekend before Thanksgiving to do a deep cleaning of the house so you can do simple touch ups before guests arrive. It’s also a good time to designate a closet or room for jackets and purses, and extra shoe storage and to make sure your bathrooms are fully stocked. If you’re hosting overnight guests, set aside fresh sheets, pillows, and extra towels for their beds.

Know your plan, but be flexible

The plan you create should help alleviate any possible stress the day off, but don’t feel encumbered to follow it to the second. Remember: life happens! Feel free to deviate from your plan as necessary!

Enjoy the day!

You’ve prepped, cleaned, and cooked but don’t forget to relax and enjoy the holiday. Take time to reflect on all the things you’re thankful for this year and take pleasure in the loved ones who have gathered at your home.

We hope these tips are helpful as you prepare to welcome family and friends into your new WestBay home this Thanksgiving. However you celebrate the holiday, we hope you have a wonderful time.