5 Essential Tips for Hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner party
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Hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner party
Hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner party can be a daunting task. The idea is to throw a kick ass party that leaves your guests so impressed, they talk about it the next day. But where do you begin? No worries! Luckily we’ve got everything you need to help make your holiday party a success. All you need are a few important key elements that will make your guests forget it’s your first time. Follow these 5 simple, chic tips on how to turn your domain into the perfect Thanksgiving dinner party setting they’ll enjoy.
Can’t Escape the Tablescape
Start by staging your dining room table with a mind-blowing tablescape. Control the tone in the room with a table setting that expresses your overall style. This means, you’ll need to nix the paper plates and red cups and opt for sexy, adult, dinnerware decor. Choose inexpensive, yet chic looking utensils and silverware that not only fit the holiday season, but can still be used after. Stay true to the fall season with a deeper/rich color scheme and metallic accessories or go modern with basic, yet trendy tones. Placing different sized pumpkins, and candles on the mantle, and as table decor will keep things festive. Clueless on how to set the table? See here.
LET THE MUSIC PLAY
Silence is definitely golden, except for when you’re hosting a party. Then it’s just awkward. Create a playlist of music that livens the mood and urges a comfortable ambiance. Have it playing before they arrive to start it off. Stick to songs that are easy to speak over, but not so soft that they put your guests to sleep. Have a mixed tempo flow going on so that it carries the mood from start to finish. This will make your guests actually want to stay rather than leave immediately after eating.
Now for the fun part ;alcohol! As the music plays, greet your guests as they arrive, and offer them a drink. Be sure to set out all of the bar necessities (ice bucket with ice, bar tools, straws and plenty of napkins) so it’s ready for your guests to use. Also, keeping a self-serve bar cart fully stocked with both light and dark drink options along with garnishes, is not only considerate, but a fun way to keep your guests actively interacting with one another. Unless they’re weird and anti-social, in that case, go for the shot glasses. See how to stock your cart here.
Alongside the music and drinks, pre-dinner snacks are always a great way to keep your guests entertained. Have an impressive charcuterie board, all prepared with a couple different types of cheese, crackers and meats. If you don’t already own one, opt for cool looking boards made of marble or granite. Not only will you look super adult like but you’re definitely going to be seen as the “hostess with the mostest” if you get this part right. Learn the layout here.
Finally, it’s all about you! Hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner party means you’re going to need to look fierce! Unless it’s a pajama theme or a slumber party, your pajamas/sweats won’t cut it. Take a minute to get dolled up in one of the latest fall fashion trends, (may we suggest velvet)? There will be selfies, and group pics so you’re going to want to
upstage look good for your guests. Nothing to wear? Splurge on yourself below.
And now that you’ve got all of your essentials, hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner party is going to go so well, your guests will definitely want you to do it again for Christmas. This is where you whip out the pajamas and board games for a fun adult drinks and games party. So, have you ever hosted Thanksgiving dinner? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.
xoxo Jae and Jacquel