Organizing, Redesign & Staging

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Thanksgiving, Already?!?!?

Since I made my kids' Halloween costumes in September, and finished my Xmas shopping for them this month (October), I don't think it is unreasonable for me to talk about Thanksgiving now, is it? It is certainly better than me discussing organization as a New Year's resolution, don't you think?

At this point, do you know where you're going to be on Thanksgiving? If you are hosting the holiday at your home, here are some tips that you can think about in the weeks ahead:

  • Choose your preferred style: formal with everyone dressed up and using their best manners or a more informal relaxed style. If you’ve invited more people than your dining table will seat, decide whether to add extra tables or a set up a buffet and use couches and occasional chairs for seating. Arrange for extra chairs if necessary.

  • Keep in mind the ages of the people involved and choose a time for the meal that will fit their needs. Young children may get too tired if you wait to sit down at 1:00 pm. Consider seating for children based on ages. Teenagers might enjoy the day more seated together.

  • Ask guests to identify their favorite dish include as many of them as possible. (If someone wants a pecan pie, and you don’t like to bake them, check out your local restaurant or bakery.) Don’t assume you have to do everything. Why not invite guests to bring a favorite dish? (Or ask them to bring a table centerpiece or bottle of wine.)

  • Plan your menu well in advance, make a shopping list, and purchase non-perishables at the same time you do your regular shopping. If you’re planning to use a fresh turkey, place your order early.

  • Get out the table linens before Thanksgiving morning make sure you have the sizes you need, and check to see if they need to be laundered, or ironed.

  • Select table decorations. Be sure you have enough serving dishes and utensils for the quantities you will be serving.

  • Make a checklist of things to be done before Thanksgiving Day.