The time has come. You have your family and it’s time to enjoy your first Thanksgiving together. For the first time, you’re the one taking control of everything. It’s in your house and you have to be prepared to take care of your parents and anyone else who might drop in.
It’s a daunting task, but you’re more than capable of doing it. After all, your parents and grandparents did it before you. Let’s discuss some of the essential things you should keep in mind.
Keep Your Thoughts in Check
You’ll have grand visions of how the event is going to come off. It’s going to be flawless. It’s going to be perfect. You need to eliminate these perceptions as soon as you can. Whatever your mind comes up with the real thing will never measure up to it. Things will always go wrong, as well.
What you need to do is look at the big picture. The enjoyment is in the family and the traditions. Yes, you need to get the turkey carving right, but even if your knife slips everyone’s going to laugh about it. Thanksgiving is about family, food, and fun. The little things don’t matter.
Prepare Weeks Before
Preparation is the key to pulling off such a big operation successfully. Make a list of the dishes you intend on serving and what you’ll need weeks in advance. You might also want to consider working out a seating plan and whether you’ll need to invest in some extra chairs and tables.
If something doesn’t go according to schedule, this will enable you to make amends without rushing around.
Just because it’s YOUR Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t mean you have to take full control. Learn the art of delegation and harness the power of multiple people. Get your significant other involved. You could even ask for help from your parents. They’ll be happy to do it.
Too many people make the mistake of assuming this is some sort of surprise party. It’s not.
Tradition Reigns Supreme
This is the start of a new era where you become the main Thanksgiving host. This doesn’t mean you should toss out the old traditions. Incorporate them into your dinner. If your family spends the afternoon playing football in the backyard, or diving into piles of autumn leaves, continue it.
Remember to have a big TV for lovers of football. Football is a huge part of Thanksgiving and members of the party might want to enjoy some sports action after the feast. Cater to their needs, regardless of what you think. If you don’t like football, it’s no reason to not put it on TV anyway.
What about Accommodation?
Some family members might be coming from pretty far away. If you’re welcoming family members from another state, make sure you have space for them to stay. Don’t be that host who makes them drive home after a heavy meal. It’s less than gracious and it won’t encourage them to come back in a hurry.