Essentials for the Ultimate Thanksgiving Gathering

It’s that time of the year when friends and family come together and eat a lot of food that we really only ever eat on this day. Nonetheless, it’s a time for reuniting with family or introducing new friends or loved ones. This means a lot of people are going to be together, which means you, as host, have your work cut out for you! Don’t worry, ThirdLeaf NW is bringing you some tips for how to throw the ultimate Thanksgiving gathering.

First, never turn down help

Yes, the pressure is on, but it doesn’t ALL have to be on you. Let your guests bring sides, desserts, or even main courses to contribute to the table. Maybe have your best friend or significant other come help clean or decorate while you get started on cooking. There is no shame in asking for help, and trust us, you will be less stressed by the time everyone arrives!

Prepare as much as you can in advance

With that being said, aim to have all Turkeys roasted and pies baked before the guests arrive. Obviously you don’t want anything to be cold, but make sure you are actually mingling with your friends and family, and you’re not stuck in the kitchen all night. I mean, isn’t that what it’s all about?

Have the booze ready to go

You can add this to the list of “things guests should bring for themselves.” Though, it can’t hurt to have a few bottles of wine or even one big cocktail ready for when your guests arrive. Scratch that last bullet, THIS is what Thanksgiving is all about!

It’s okay if not everything is homemade

Just because you are hosting, it does not make you Gordon Ramsay. There is no shame in buying food for Thanksgiving, especially if it means you will be less stressed about it. The holiday stress is inevitable, so anything to lessen it will be huge in the long run.