The holidays can become stressful. Many people feel pressured to put on a big show but this can be your biggest mistake. The most important thing about hosting any event is to not over-extend; if you take on more than you can handle it will be impossible for you to enjoy yourself. Here are a few easy Thanksgiving ideas and tips that will make great additions to your party and keep you stress-free.
Clear glass vases are your friend. They come in a variety of sizes, make perfect table decorations, are cheap and you can use them again and again. (Mason Jars can also be used for a more rustic feel.) For Thanksgiving decorations, I would fill them with autumn colored things; autumnal ribbon, beads or brown feathers as well as dried beans, grasses or gourds all work well and are easily available this season. If you want to place a candle in the middle of the jar, make sure the other contents are not flammable. Arrange the vases down the center of your table, space them evenly but vary the sizes. Whatever you put in the vases – sprinkle some of it on the table among the vases, it’ll look great.
If you have guests coming to your house then ask them to bring a dish. Most people will volunteer right out. You shouldn’t put the entire meal on your shoulders. Additionally, every person has his or her favorite component to the Thanksgiving meal. These favorites are rarely the same and rarely the turkey. (So don’t stress about it.) Generally, if one family’s favorite addition is the green bean casserole and you let them bring a dish – they will tote along a green bean casserole. Instantly, that family is pleased. At the very least make sure there is enough food. A full belly and comfort in not having to do the dishes will be enough to make many of your guests thankful.
Hard Cider - Mix spiced rum and apple cider together at a 1:5 ratio on the stove. Warm the mixture and stir occasionally. Leave the rum bottle out as well as a little extra cider, some cinnamon and a few marshmallows. This encourages guest to build the drink exactly how they want it.
Wine - Picking a wine can feel like throwing darts. To please a crowd it can be best to go with something less dramatic – not too dry, not too sweet. Pick a red and a white. Wines from smaller vineyards are normally better or, at least, more interesting to the wine drinkers at your party. Scan the labels for interesting names and a wine that boasts a very specific location to zero in on a smaller vineyard.
While food and drinks are perfect staples at your party, it never hurts to have some Thanksgiving games prepared to keep your guests entertained.