We have made it a bit of a tradition to travel to Colorado each year to visit my sister-in-law and her husband, however, this year, with a 16 month old and two older kids, one in school full time now, we made the decision to stay home and make our very own turkey! I have to say, I am actually very excited to play my best Martha Stewart meets Ina Garten meets Jamie Oliver meets Nate Berkus!
To avoid scrambling at the last minute, I have actually already begun prepping, so we can actually (dare I say it?) enjoy the holiday! Here are a few tips I thought I would share, in case you too are hosting Thanksgiving this year.
- Plan your holiday gathering in advance (check!). The two-week countdown on Delish.com does a great job listing out tasks so you don’t have to break your back the day before. From finalizing the guest list, the menu, shopping and table setting, it’s all right here to help you.
- If you have little ones like I do, here are a few great Thanksgiving projects and/or crafts to keep them busy the day of, and keep them engaged and in the spirit of the holiday. I find, especially with my older ones, that when asked to ‘help’ they behave a little better and enjoy and learn more from the experience. These cute little turkeys can add color to your dinner table or décor around the house (and Grandma and Grandpa would love to take them home I am sure!)
- We used to play a game every Thanksgiving that required going around the table and each person would say what they were thankful for that particular year (or in general). Now that my husband and I are going to host this holiday in our own home, and because we have three young kids, I really see the value in this game and plan to bring it back. Here is a great resource on how to play (and a great story too!)
Truth be told, it’s going to be a LOT of work hosting this holiday, or any holiday for that matter. But what an amazing time to spend with your family and friends, and making memories together is one of the greatest gifts.
What are you doing to prepare for Thanksgiving this year? What are your holiday traditions?
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