If you are a social media junkie who enjoys Facebook or Pinterest like I do, and also loves all things home-related, then another must-bookmark site is Houzz.com. While browsing the site I found a helpful article on “How to Prep for a Holiday Party in One Week,” which is fitting considering Thanksgiving is exactly one-week away!
Here are a few tips that I fully endorse :
Send an electronic invite. Time is precious, so going the digital route will save you the delay of snail mail. An invitation from a service such as Evite or Punchbowl reaches guests instantly and makes RSVPs much easier on short notice. With all the fun designs available, you’ll have no trouble finding one that suits your event.
Restock the bar. Replenish libations such as gin, vodka and Scotch, and lay on a supply of beer, wine and sodas. Don’t forget mixers, lemons and limes and other staples.
Clear out the fridge. Make plenty of room for a 20-pound turkey or a tray of hors d’oeuvres. Toss aging food, clean out storage containers and polish off the two inches of juice in the bottom of the carton. Give the fridge shelves a good wipedown while you’re at it.
Spruce the guest room. Relatives coming in from out of town? Fluff your guest quarters to welcome them. Freshen the bed linens, add a bedside carafe, put out a stack of towels and make sure they have a stash of reading material.
Keep food simple. Without a lot of time to plan, it’s best to go with a streamlined menu that includes a mix of prepared and from-scratch dishes — for example, pick up a baked ham that’s ready to serve and pair it with your favorite roasted vegetable medley or creamy casserole. Make as many items ahead of time as you can, from freezable cheese straws to chilled pies. For a party, you could also focus on a simple theme, such as a dessert buffet or a hot chocolate bar. If you’d rather let your local supermarket or gourmet shop do the cooking, many offer prepared meals with all the trimmings. Order early in the week to give them time to accommodate you.
Make a playlist. Comb through your iTunes library or CD collection and compile songs that set the mood. If you feel as though your musical taste has gotten a little stale, browse and download some new tunes to shake things up.
What do you do to prepare for Thanksgiving? Are you one of the lucky ones who only needs to show up at the right place and time?