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6 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving at Your New Home

If you bought a new home this year, your list of reasons to give thanks just got a whole lot bigger. It’s exciting and what better way to show off your new space than by hosting one of the biggest holidays of the year, Thanksgiving.

A new home opens the door for plenty of new decorating opportunities. And Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to up your holiday décor game. Don’t worry; you don’t need to be a professional interior designer to pull off a festive transformation. There’s Pinterest of course and a million different ways to style your new home for Thanksgiving.

First, decide what kind of vibe you want on Thanksgiving Day. Obviously, you want your guests to feel welcome and appreciated but what sort of style are you going for? Do you want a laid back feel or a more sophisticated one? Determining this will heavily impact your decorating decision-making. Create a mood board with the look you want, pick out applicable colors and think about ways to showcase the best features of your new home. Perhaps you want to show off your front patio with a grand autumn display or accentuate the beauty of your new vaulted living room ceilings.

No matter your personal or holiday style we can all use a few ways to make Thanksgiving run a little more smoothly and simply. Below are some great tips to incorporate into your holiday prep routine.

1 - Plan, plan and plan some more. The more you can do ahead of time the better. Thanksgiving is about enjoying your guests and being with family and friends so the more time you have for that on the big day, the happier you’ll be.

2 - Chop ingredients, make desserts and even set the table the day before Thanksgiving. Pending any last minute additions or cancellations, there’s no reason everything has to be done while the turkey is in the oven.

3 - Count your guests, your silverware, plates, dinner table chairs and glassware. If you don’t have enough, borrow some from a friend or there are lots of options for renting just about anything you need. Nobody wants the paper plate seat at the kid's table.

4 - Clear out your coat closet, dishwasher and fridge. It’s better to have your jackets draped on a bed than your guests. You’ll want to load your dishwasher post meal and you’re going to need plenty of room for leftovers in the fridge that already never seems to have enough space.

5 - Keep it simple. The basics are what we all look forward to on Thanksgiving. The turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and stuffing are traditionally everyone’s favorites. If you spread yourself too thin and try to make too many sides the ball can easily be dropped on the bigger mainstays. Plus, when there’s less to keep track of there’s less to clean up at the end during your turkey food coma.

6 - And lastly, remember to have some fun. When guests see you having fun they can be more relaxed and they don’t feel like they were an inconvenience or burden on you. Of course, there will always be a few small hiccups like a glass of wine spilled or a burnt crescent roll but that’s part of the chaos and fun of Thanksgiving Day. Try to embrace all that happens. It’s the holidays and you’re celebrating your new home and giving thanks to your new accommodations.

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