Hosting Thanksgiving in Your New Home
Fall is finally upon us, and it’s time to start planning for the next big holiday: Thanksgiving. This season in particular is exciting for most of us as it denotes awesome food, great company, and all the traditions that bring these things together. For many people, their list of thanks got bigger this year when they added a new home. The first thanksgiving in a new home is exciting, and should be marked with a bit more fan fare than usual. Here is our advice for how to celebrate the best thanksgiving your new home will ever see.
It’s time to up your decoration game. New house means new stuff to fill it with. Odds are very good that the last time you bought or made thanksgiving decorations you didn’t have Pinterest and were instead relying on checkout stand magazines for tips and tricks. There are some truly amazing ideas and projects online that you need to take advantage of. You have a brand new house! It’s your first thanksgiving there! Set the right tone by making your décor speak volumes. Since you are in a new home for thanksgiving, the perfect excuse to get new items is that your home is different. You have different layouts, new furniture, different windows, etc. Old decorations were for the old house. Time to invest in making the season bright for your new home.
If ever there was a time to try new things, it’s when you’ve got a new house to test them on. If all your decorations have a certain older style to them, this could be the kick you need to try something more modern. A search of “thanksgiving decorations” on Pinterest will give you plenty of new directions to go. You can stay festive, use lots of fall colors like leaves and pumpkins. You could try going the harvest route and use apples, cranberries, pinecones, and other organic decorations. You could try the modern route. Spray paint everything white and gold. If you haven’t seen beautiful milk white pumpkins paired with gold pinecones and green pine needles, or birch branches, I’m afraid to say you probably haven’t been living. This is your once-in-a-move chance to completely change your personal decoration style, for the better.
So when we talk about food as it relates to thanksgiving, terror, anxiety, horror, and all the warm fuzzy feelings come washing over us. We love making food for our families, we really really do, but the toll on our emotions, psyche, and wallets can be draining. We asked for some advice on how to make thanksgiving in your new home a bit easier and this is what we got.
Stephanie of SixSistersStuff.com counseled, “We love using our slow-cookers because you can throw the ingredients in the crock pot in the morning and let them cook all day until you’re ready to eat.” The idea of using a slow cooker is a great way to add some innovation to your new version of thanksgiving.
We also chatted with Lindsey from cafejohnsonia.com about some tips for making the meal easier. She said to “plan a simple menu. Don’t be tempted to make too many sides. Focus on the turkey and gravy. Assign guests bring sides and other things that are portable – salads, rolls, pies, etc. That will also mean that there’s less of a mess to clean up after dinner.” And who doesn’t like less mess after entering the food-coma that is thanksgiving?
Some final advice for the holiday? Enjoy your time with friends and loved ones. Lindsey says, “Don’t go overboard. It’s really easy to get bogged down with planning the menu, worrying about decorating, etc, etc. The truth is, your guests are there to spend time with you.” And isn’t that the truth.