You were so excited about showing off your new digs, you offered to host Thanksgiving. Now you’re wondering how you’ll be able to pull off a stress-free thanksgiving after just having moved.
We’ve got ya covered.
If you’ve just moved and are still finding your way around your new kitchen, take inventory. Make sure you have everything you need to cook and entertain. Do you have your meat thermometer, baster, potato masher and everything else you’ll need? Is the dinnerware and silverware you want to use readily accessible?
Prioritize your home decor and improvement projects.
When you move into a new home, there’s usually a long list of big and small improvements you want to make. But there’s no way you’ll tackle them all before Turkey Day. Decide which project is most important. Having company is a great motivator to get things done, but be realistic. Do you want to have all your pictures hung in the living room? Your guest bathroom painted? Front yard landscaped? Make sure you give yourself at least two week so you aren’t hanging pictures Wednesday night while preparing the stuffing. We recommend choosing 1-2 projects to focus on.
Dress up your front door.
A simple welcome mat, a wreath and a couple of fall-colored potted plants or poinsettias are all you need to up your curb appeal factor fast and create a warm first impression.
Test your appliances.
Cook a few meals in your new kitchen before Thanksgiving so you can get a feel for how your microwave and oven work. If you’re making the transition from gas to electric or vice versa, you may notice a pretty drastic change in cook time for certain dishes.
Stick with recipes you know.
You’re still getting familiar with your new kitchen and appliances, and let’s be honest … you’re probably tight on time. This probably isn’t the right year to try out a bunch of new recipes. Instead, go the tried-and-true recipes that you’ve made over and over again.
When an invited guest asks if they can bring something, it always seems easier and more “polite” to say, “No thanks, I’ve got it!” This year, thank them for offering and ask them to bring something simple like a bag of ice, a bottle of wine, or a dessert to help cross one thing off your to-do list.
Order the turkey.
Skip the brining, cavity stuffing and temperature-guessing. Pick up your fully cooked turkey and focus on your favorite side dishes instead. Just place the turkey on a pretty platter and no one will know you didn’t spend hours in the kitchen (you’re secret’s safe with us).
Stock up on all the things.
If you’ve just moved, make sure you have plenty of dish soap, trash bags, dishwasher detergent, and paper products. No one wants to run out of dish soap or trash bags on Thanksgiving!
A well-lit room is a festive room!
The night before Thanksgiving, do a walk-through and make sure every light in your new space has a light bulb. It’s easy to overlook these things when you first move in.
Let it go. Perfection, that is.
Your new home doesn’t have to be picture perfect for your guests. Give yourself grace and just enjoy the company of your friends and family. Take the year off from extravagant decoration. You may even find your home is more welcoming because you aren’t stressed out!
We can’t tell you how many families we help move around the busy holiday season, many of them both excited and stressed about the thought of hosting Thanksgiving or another holiday meal at their home. But by the time we leave on Move-In Day, with their kitchen fully unpacked and everything in its place, they’re breathing a sigh of relief knowing they’ll be just fine.
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