Tips on Hosting Thanksgiving (or any holiday party)

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With my wife hosting her first Thanksgiving dinner, it’s getting pretty extremely stressful in my house. Between the hard core cleaning, shopping and planning, I’d just assume getting a few pizzas and curl up to the football games that day.

Anyway for those in a similar predicament, here are some tips that can help you get through Thanksgiving Day.

    • Plan to provide a traditional Thanksgiving feast, then be creative with side dishes.

 

    • Whenever anyone offers to help or bring a dish, say, “Yes, thank you!”

 

    • Use hollowed bread loaves for charming serving containers for cheeses, dips, olives, chips and small sandwiches.

 

    • Once the table settings and centerpiece are in place, sit in each chair to make sure each guest will feel comfortable.

 

    • Include favorite kids’ foods, especially those they can eat neatly with their fingers.

 

    • Provide at least one low-calorie dish and a vegetarian option. Then serve a sinful dessert.

 

    • Completely clear the table of all dishes from previous courses before serving dessert.

 

    • Fill the sink with soapy water so cutlery and small dishes can soak clean as the guests are finishing.

 

    • Make it easy for guests who help you clean up to help you recycle. Place bins in the kitchen labeled “glass,” “cans” and “trash.”

 

  • Keep club soda nearby to clean spots or stains on the tablecloth or clothing.

You have Reader’s Digest to thank for those tips and the following series of articles:

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