Whether you’ve just moved into your new Port Aransas home or you’re still looking for the perfect fit, you’re well aware that Thanksgiving is right around the corner—and if your home is the gathering place each year, these tips can help make the holiday celebration run more smoothly.
Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner? Here’s What You Need to Know
First things first: plan for the kids’ table. Since the earliest Thanksgiving, children have been ushered off to their own table so the grown-ups can have a bit of elbow room (and not worry about spilled drinks or short attention spans). You can set up a simple but fun kids’ table that keeps them occupied while you discuss politics with Uncle Joe or talk about work with your cousins by:
- Covering the table with brown craft paper
- Providing crayons in a plastic cup at each place setting
- Using a basket filled with activity books, stickers, and plenty of paper as a centerpiece
Now that the kids are set, you can work on setting up for the adults.
Labeling Your Dishes
You won’t have to rattle off your recipes for your guests if you label each dish with key ingredients (including those that can induce food allergies). Identify meatless options, those that contain heavy spices, and others that people will want to know about so everyone can enjoy the meal.
Put Centerpieces Elsewhere
You’ll have more room on the table—and give your guests more breathing room—if you relocate centerpieces when it’s time to eat. Put them on the fireplace mantel, the buffet, or even tuck them away in the kitchen.
Send Leftovers Home With Your Guests in Style
Stylish takeout boxes and disposable containers are the way to go if you’re sending your guests home with leftovers. Besides, you won’t have to worry about getting your plates back!
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