Host with the Most: Tips for Running a Dinner Party

person cutting into a turkey

There is no time like the holidays to bring people together, and no holiday quite like Thanksgiving that can be the most fun — and, potentially, the most stressful. The big day is coming up, but there is still plenty of time to get ready for turkey day here at The Towers of Seabrook. With some early preparation and some great tips on how to pull off the perfect Thanksgiving feast, this year’s festivities can be the best yet!

Planning is the first key step in throwing a trouble-free Thanksgiving, especially if you are playing host. Know early on how many guests will be attending and what dishes they will be bringing so you can better budget your own time and home space out to accommodate food, guests, and group activities. It can seem tricky, but there are plenty of simple ways to keep track of everything and not become overwhelmed.

After getting a definite yes from the people you invited, communicate! Ask if they are planning on bringing any dishes and if so, whether those dishes will need finishing in your kitchen. Stove and oven space are both valuable assets that have to be planned for. Before the big day, make a list of all the ingredients needed for the food and buy any that won’t spoil as far ahead of time as possible. Clean out the refrigerator before shopping for ingredients. If there isn’t space in the fridge for the turkey, a cooler filled with ice or ice packs and stowed away from the sun can be used for storage.

Time management can be the most stressful part of Thanksgiving. Prepare dishes that can be made in advance and refrigerated, and list your recipes to be made on Thanksgiving so you don’t forget anything. For baked dishes, note cooking temperatures and see what can go in the oven at the same time and use multiple timers to keep track of cooking times. Don’t have a bunch of kitchen timers on hand? Set alarms on your phone and name each alarm for each prospective dish.

Ready for clean up? Have an area prepared ahead of time with a garbage can specifically for food scraps and a soaking station to avoid food drying out and hardening on plates and silverware.

Do you have any Thanksgiving planning tips of your own? Let us know in the comments section below! We hope everyone in our apartment community has a great holiday here in Seabrook, TX, or anywhere else you may be this week.