Today there are three things to do. First, if you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner it’s time to decide: who, when, and where.
Sometimes work schedules just don’t agree with the holiday calendar sometimes family obligations override how we would like to celebrate. Don’t forget many people would enjoy a Thanksgiving gathering on the following Saturday or Sunday. This year we’ll be having our Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday.
Sit down with pen and paper and decide where and what time dinner will be served. Create a tentative guest list that notes any allergies or dietary restrictions. It’s easier to plan around a gluten or nut allergy than it is to rework a menu.
Before things get crazy look at your guest list. Do you have enough chairs and place settings? Are you serving a casual enough meal that sitting on the floor and using Chinette works? No? Party rental stores often allow chair, china, and glassware rental in lots much smaller than you’d imagine. I’ve rented as few as ten chairs in the past for parties. Reserve what you need ASAP.
Your last to-do? Find the dining room table. Hey, don’t look guilty, we all do it from time to time. Horizontal surfaces are a magnet for paperwork and odds and ends.
Clear it off today. Yep, that means getting rid of the Halloween candy, too.
Give it a good polish. If you have placed any leaves or extensions in storage, pull them out and check for spiders or other unexpected friends. If it doesn’t cause problems go ahead and install them. Otherwise, place them in a convenient location, um you may want to write that location down.
How many of you are considering hosting Thanksgiving for the first time? What intimidates you the most about the event?