Having a full house for Thanksgiving is great. The smells of pumpkin pie and turkey, spending the day with your loved ones, and watching football together. It’s a tradition that gets passed down through the years. The people that have done it for years have their own routines, but what about people who are hosting for the first time? What can you do to make it better? Here are a few suggestions that we wanted to give for preparing your home for Thanksgiving guests.
Buy your turkey early
It’s the stuff of sitcoms – the turkey gets ruined/disappears/isn’t big enough and you can’t find another one on Thanksgiving! This can be a real disaster if you don’t plan ahead. The Joy of Cooking says for turkeys less than 12 pounds, allow 3/4 to 1 pound per serving. For turkeys over 12 pounds, it’s 1/2 to 3/4 pound per serving. Make sure that you get to the store to buy your turkey early, so that you know how much turkey to buy. Do the math! Running out of turkey when you’re hosting is a bad look. Make sure that you defrost your turkey ahead of time, too. Place the frozen turkey in the fridge — be sure your refrigerator temperature is set at 40 °F or below. You’ll need to allow about 24 hours for each 4 to 5 pounds of frozen turkey you plan to thaw in the fridge. Start defrosting early to make sure that you leave time to brine the turkey or prepare it properly for however you want to cook it.
Divide and conquer
Let your family and friends help! If they offer, let people bring whatever sides they’re willing to make. If they don’t offer, give out some responsibilities. Hint around to see who does what well. You make great mashed potatoes? OK, do that. You make awesome stuffing? BRING IT. You can open the can of cranberry sauce? OK, that’s fine, handle it. Let people help make your holiday awesome.
Scrub a dub
Clean your house like it’s your job. If you are a bad housekeeper, hire a service to come in and do it. Make sure that the place is spotless when your picky aunt shows up. The less time your guests spend sniffing over the dust in the house, the more time they are spending with the rest of the family, telling your mom how great your home looks.
Time it out
Avoid last-minute overload by counting backwards from the time dinner is served and scheduling out prep time and oven time. This list can stick on the fridge or wherever you’ll see it. I also find it helpful to set alarms on my phone for really key moments, like putting the turkey in the oven.
Fix up the place
If you have a home improvement project, get it done. Don’t spend your Thanksgiving explaining to your dad why there’s a cracked window, a stain on the ceiling, a rip in the carpet, or whatever. If it’s a big job requiring construction, maybe start it after the holiday, as they can linger through their finish date. For home improvement projects, though, you can use a cash out refinance to finance the repairs or upgrades and increase the value of your home.
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