When it comes to hosting Thanksgiving each year, I’ve gotten more and more comfortable with my ability to throw things together last minute. No family wants the host/hostess stressing out the week before the big day. I recently invited a few friends over to my house for a fall feast. Were my plates all matching? No. Did the napkins match? Definitely not. But we ended up having a blast and no one really seemed to care.
Here are a few Thanksgiving table Do’s and Don’ts that will hopefully inspire and alleviate your anxiety levels pre-turkey dinner.
DO use butcher paper as a table runner! No need to go out and spend a fortune on fresh linens that will only get ruined by spilled gravy. I have a large spool of kraft paper I keep in the closet and cannot tell you how many times I use it for various things like wrapping paper and place settings.
DON’T disappear in the kitchen for hours and enlist the help of your guests. Thanksgiving should be a time where everyone pitches in to help.
DO listen to dietary restrictions and make sure to have dairy-free, vegan options as needed.
DON’T make your guests wait until 10pm to eat on an empty stomach. Set a start time and stick to it!
DO make a toast to kick off the dinner!
DON’T forget to have vegetables. Planning a well balanced meal is super important to being a host.
DO have rolls on the table. Period.
TIPS FOR GUESTS
Don’t have your cell phone out or on the table. Just leave it in your bag or pocket.
Do help with clean up. Even if the host/hostess denies help, be sure to at least take your plate to the kitchen.
Don’t forget a gift for the host. A candle, nice bottle of wine or desert option goes a long way.
Do say thank you for the amazing dinner!
Don’t be shy to send a thank you note as a follow up.
What is your top Thanksgiving Dos and Don’ts? Leave a comment below!