Whether you are planning a large or small holiday gathering for Thanksgiving, the perfect meal has to be planned for, and you have to have space available. The dining room table must be set, and the kitchen has to be in order. Organizing the dining room and kitchen is certainly not something that should be done at the last minute. Use these Thanksgiving dining room and kitchen prep tips to help you survive the holiday.
Dining Room Prep Tips
Your dining room table needs to be inviting. Be sure to use table cloths and other appropriate decor, such as centerpieces and pictures to help put your guests in the holiday spirit. Do you know how many guests you should be expecting? Place settings are very important for dinners, and you need to map where everyone is sitting. Each chair at the table represents where a person is sitting, and must have a place setting, including at least one plate, bowl, glass, and silverware. Silverware should be wrapped in a table napkin that is festive and matches the tablecloth if possible. Set at least two extra place settings just in case one of your guests brings an extra guest at the last minute. Depending on the available space in your home, you may be able to set up one more table. Having two dining room tables is ideal if you are expecting a lot of guests or are having children as guests.
The decor in your home should be as inviting as your dining room table. You don’t have to put framed pictures of turkeys on your wall, but as long as the color scheme is consistent with vibrant reds, oranges, deep browns, and bright yellows, you’re all set.
Kitchen Prep Tips
Before you step foot in your kitchen to prepare any meals, everything needs to be organized. Cooking in a cluttered kitchen is a recipe for disaster in the long run. Kitchen table and counter space needs to be clean and clear so you can prepare food as well as place food for it to cool off. Spices are important when cooking is involved. For thanksgiving, important spices can include poultry seasoning, garlic, nutmeg, cinnamon, sage, parsley, ginger, and many more.
Make sure your oven, stove, and dishwasher are clean. This is the equipment you will use the most, so it needs to be as clean as possible. Cleaning needs to be done before the fun of cooking and baking begins, and it should be done at least 24 hours before Thanksgiving dinner. It’s best if you clean up between making meals and desserts to help keep the mess under control.
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