Hosting a big group for Thanksgiving this year? Learn how to throw the coziest home gathering and fit everyone with these simple tips.
Plan Early and Send InvitationsPlan the party early and send out invitations well in advance to give guests ample time to plan.
Potluck StyleTo ease the burden on the host and ensure a variety of dishes, consider making the Thanksgiving meal a potluck. Ask guests to bring their favorite dishes or assign specific dishes to each guest or family.
Set Up a BuffetWith a large group, a buffet-style meal can be more practical than serving a formal sit-down dinner.
Seating Arrangements Ensure you have enough seating for everyone. And plan table configurations well ahead of time.
Delegate Responsibilities Don’t try to do everything yourself. Delegate tasks to willing family members or friends, whether it’s setting the table, helping with food preparation, or managing activities for the kids.
Plan for LeftoversBe prepared with containers for guests to take home extra food or plan to donate leftovers to a local shelter.
Be Flexible and RelaxedUnderstand that with a large group, things may not go exactly as planned. Be flexible, enjoy the company of your guests, and don’t stress over minor mishaps.
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