So you've had multiple conversations with your hubby about what to do for Thanksgiving. You've talked about going to his family or yours and all the pros & cons and have come to the conclusion that you know what? You're going to do your own thing and just host it at your home and bring everyone together! They all like each other anyway right? This could be the best solution ever! But let's be honest, it could also be some very risky business if not planned for correctly. Here are some life saving tips to help make your Thanksgiving as stress free as possible!
Know Who's Coming
What's the total guest count? Do you need to get extra seating?
Find out by calling/texting everyone and letting them know you're hosting and if they plan of joining. Once you have an average headcount you can start to plan out the layout of the house for Turkey Day.
Decide on Who is Bringing What
Mom always make the stuffing... but so does your new sister in law. No need to fret, just make a list of all the delicious food you need to make the perfect feast and delegate it out. Tell mom that you've got the stuffing covered this time and would actually love to have that yummy peach cobbler she made a few years ago instead. Make sure everyone is on the same page with this so that there aren't awkward conversations about who's dish is better or why there are two of the same desserts but no green bean casserole. Yikes!
It's Okay if Some Stuff Comes From a Can!
I mean of course you may want to at least attempt to make a nice apple pie or something from scratch. This is your time to shine! Have fun with it! But you also don't want to stress about it. No one expects you to suddenly become a chef just because your hosting! (Well some of them might) but trust me, Libby's pumpkin pie mix is just as satisfying! Tis the season for new traditions. This is your first Thanksgiving as newlyweds! Do what makes you comfortable!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
As much as you plan and prepare, some things just can't be controlled. So if the turkey burns (God forbid) or if some one really did forget the green bean casserole, don't let it ruin your day. Be grateful for the extended family that you have just acquired and have an amazing turkey day!