Here in the States, Thanksgiving is almost upon us. This can be considered to be the ultimate in entertaining, so if you are hosting the big dinner, I thought I would help you by letting you in my five best hostessing tips. For those of you not celebrating Thanksgiving, these tips are not specific to the event and can be used for any dinner party at any time of the year.
One of my best tips is to have a pitcher full of a cocktail next to some gorgeous glasses so when you are busy finishing dinner and saying hello to other guests, everyone can help themselves. For some ideas on what to serve, check out my cocktail Pinterest board HERE.
I find setting a table to always take longer than I expect it to. You never know when you might run into a problem, like the napkins need to be ironed or the table cloth isn’t quite right. Plus it takes time to set out each item. So I find getting it done as early as possible to be the best for setting my mind at ease. As a matter of fact, I forgot to set the table early this past Friday and was totally stressed out over getting it done in time before the guests arrived. I should really learn to follow my own advice!
If you are new to entertaining, then I suggest investing in a set of white plates and a set of white napkins. There are a million ways you can use these two items to keep your table looking fresh at every event.
One thing many hostesses forget when scheduling their day is to take time out to get ready! You would be shocked at how quickly time goes when you are preparing a meal, especially if you don’t hostess very often. Be sure to take the time to get ready a few hours before dinner is served and then use an apron to cover your outfit. This way you can continue to prepare food without worrying about spills. Plus it looks cute! I remember a male guest looking stricken as I took off my apron right before I sat down at the head of the table. He thought it was my dress that I was removing because he didn’t realize I was wearing an apron! How funny is that?
Right before your guests arrive, remember to light the candles. I don’t always have candles on my table, but I always have a scented candle lit in the bathroom.
If you remember these five tips, you should be able to handle any hostessing event, including Thanksgiving dinner. Do you have any tips to share with everyone?