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Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time? Or maybe you’ve hosted before and it didn’t go so well? Even if you’re the annual Thanksgiving or Christmas host, I’ve got some tried and true recipes and tips that will help you survive the holidays, whether it’s your first time or thirty-first! Not to mention, free printables to help keep you organized for hosting Thanksgiving AND Christmas!
Thanksgiving is THE food holiday of the year. Family and friends gather in kitchens, living rooms and even back porches all around the country to enjoy each other’s company, maybe play some games, talk and laugh and most importantly, indulge a little too much in some incredible food.
While it’s customary at a lot of gatherings for the host to request that you bring a dish to share, it’s the host who will be doing the most work. Being organized is the key to surviving hosting Thanksgiving dinner and looking (and feeling!) like a BOSS, because a little organization goes a long way to Thanksgiving Dinner success!
You don’t have to make your home look like Disneyland at the holidays. Add some easy decor with these tips and printables! The conversation starters in the Thanksgiving Table Pack are my personal favorite because they will keep people busy while waiting for the next course.
Free Printable Thanksgiving Kids Table Decor
Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas
Thanksgiving Table Printable Set
Printable Activities for Kids
Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Thanksgiving Subway Art
Fresh Fruit Centerpiece
Have family coming over early, or maybe even the night before? Get the day started right with a delicious breakfast or brunch featuring my Baked Pumpkin Pie French Toast. You can make it the night before and just pop it in the oven in the morning, therefore saving yourself some time. My Easy Egg & Sausage Breakfast Muffins, Pumpkin Pie & Apple Oatmeal, Pumpkin Pancakes, French Toast Cinnamon Roll Muffins would be a good options, too.
The less time you have to spend in the kitchen on the actual day, the better because after all, you’d rather spend time with your family, right? Do a Pinterest or Google search for Make Ahead Thanksgiving recipes; there are lots! Or try a couple of my favorites: Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes, Make Ahead Turkey Gravy, Slow Cooker Make Ahead Turkey or Twice Baked Potatoes.
Classic Thanksgiving Favorites:
Most Importantly, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. Have a good time, after all Thanksgiving is about family and being grateful for what you have. So what if the stuffing is mushy or the potatoes were over-mixed. Laugh it off, and just enjoy it.
Follow my simple tips and you’re well on your way to handling Thanksgiving Dinner or Christmas hosting like a pro!
Click on the links below for each part of the Printable Planning Set.
Shopping List (Thanksgiving or Christmas)
For the Leftovers Labels: Print on 2.5″ sticker sheets, or print on cardstock, cut out with scissors or a 2.5″ circle punch and attach to take home bags or boxes. (aff link)
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