Alright, since you have a new home now, it’s YOUR turn to host Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one of the biggest family holiday gatherings of the year- aside from Christmas (which is right around the corner too). But, for now, let’s talk turkey.

First, make a plan.

Start simple. How many people are coming? Or, maybe ask it this way: How many people SAY they’re coming, and how many will SHOW UP? Always plan for the unexpected. One thing that’s always a factor in good ‘ol Brookings South Dakota- the weather. It’s probably best to plan for overnight guests just in case too.

If you’re going to end up with quite a few guests, a buffet-style dinner is probably the best idea. That way, they take what they want and they can dish up their children. On that note, a children’s table is a good idea if you’re expecting some little ones.

The menu

You can go traditional: the turkey, maybe a honey-glazed ham, stuffing, green bean casserole and dinner rolls. Or, if it’s mostly adults coming, try some fun fall cocktails to accompany the fine meal. If you’re planning on having some little ones over, simple is good. Also, make a menu you’re comfortable with; a big holiday meal may not be the best time to try new things- especially if you’re on a budget. Speaking of budget, if that’s a concern, have your guests bring a dish of their own to pass. Everyone has to have “that one special thing” they make.

The big day

Wake up early, and start cooking! Yes, it’s a day off and you’ll want to sleep in. But not today; especially if you’re hosting! Always plan for early guests. Get the table all set so you’re not rushing to do it as your guests are coming to the door.

Keep the food warm. And yes- the microwave is fine. Or use a crock pot if you want to.

Prepare every room in the house

The kitchen is pretty much off-limits to your guests, so they’ll be wondering around. Make sure your bathroom is clean and have towels handy. Take out all of the garbage in your home before all the guests arrive. If you have collectible or antique items out and you’re expecting little guests, it may be best to put them away somewhere safe. If you don’t want your guests snooping in your bedroom, either close the door or cover your items with a decorative blanket.

And last but not least, enjoy!

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