Hello friends! I have been thinking a lot about holiday traditions lately. We have a lot of Christmas traditions in our family that have been passed down from previous generations. But when it comes to Thanksgiving, we mostly have traditions that we have created on our own family unit. One of those traditions is having a pre-thanksgiving meal with close friends.
Thanksgiving meals can be very intimidating, especially when you are planning a big party or meal TWICE! Here are some quick tips that I have found helpful when putting together a formal meal for a large group at home.
- Pre-plan your menu as detailed as possible. Everyone will appreciate a varied menu that appeals to guests with diverse palates and preferences. Make sure you pre-check for food allergies, and don’t be afraid to hand out food assignments!
- Pick a color scheme! This may sound silly, but thinking about the aesthetics of your party will come in handy as you shop for decor or think about what serving dishes you want to use.
- Make menu cards. This is a really fun way to make a meal feel more formal. You certainly don’t have to play waitress alone – ask friends to help serve dishes that coinside with your well thoughtout menu.
- Create a fun beverage or signature cocktail. This will help you put more thought into serving glasses and a fun garnish as well!
- Set the mood with music. I learned the hard way that Alexa doesn’t really have a playlist for Thanksgiving. Ha! Think about what you want to listen to that won’t be distracting or overbearing. Light jazz is a great fit for background music during conversations.
- Don’t make everything from scratch. It’s okay to mix in store bought with homemade!
- Stand out! Whether it be a little flair in your OOTD or a fun unique centerpiece, focus one a few elements of your party that stand out and will be remembered. I love to create table centerpieces using vintage finds or antique decor. It’s always a fun conversation starter at the table!