Thanksgiving Hosting Hacks
Hosting Thanksgiving may seem like an overwhelming task, but it doesn't have to be. We've got our best hosting tips, tricks, and hacks for a stress-free holiday, complete with cocktails and easy cleanup!
Everything In This Slideshow
1 of 17
2 of 17
3 of 17
Stick to White Plates
Crisp white plates are our entertaining secret. Not only does food look its best on white plates, but they're easy to mix and match.
4 of 17
Let Guests Play Mixologist
There's no need to play bartender at Thanksgiving. Set up a well-stocked bar cart and let your guests do the rest.
Here are the essentials:
- Liquors like vodka, tequila, whiskey, gin, and rum.
- Fun mixers like club soda, tonic water, fruit juice, and simple syrups.
- Garnishes like olives and fresh fruit.
- Don't forget ice, cocktail napkins, and straws!
5 of 17
Assemble the Appetizer
Skip the fancy appetizers and assemble a crowd-pleasing charcuterie tray. Everything comes from the grocery store, so you can unwrap and assemble. We like to include a few cured meats, two or three cheeses, crackers, olives, and mustard.
6 of 17
Keep Your Centerpieces Simple
Simple Mason jar centerpieces give the table a festive feel without breaking the bank. Assemble these centerpieces lightning-fast with just a few sprigs of greenery, fresh cranberries, and a votive candle.
7 of 17
8 of 17
9 of 17
10 of 17
Cover the Table in Kraft Paper
This shortcut tablecloth is perfect for hosting the holidays. Set out crayons and let your guests color all over it. When it comes time to clean up, simple remove and toss it away!
11 of 17
Prepare Your Pans
Ensure you've got all the pans you need before you start baking. We like to set them out and label each one by dish. In a pinch, you can purchase one-time-use pans at the grocery store.
12 of 17
Skip Fancy Silverware
Keep the silver stored until a small holiday gathering. It will save you time hand-washing and keeps things casual. We like to mix and match everyday utensils.
13 of 17
Our favorite store-bought shortcut? Purchased piecrust. Simply unwrap and fill -- no one has to know you didn't make it yourself!
14 of 17
Mason Jar Mugs
Move over, fancy stemware -- we're serving up drinks in Mason jars this year. The jars are inexpensive, easy to clean, and can be used year-round!
15 of 17
DIY Roasting Pan
There's no need to buy a roasting pan just for Thanksgiving. For a perfectly cooked bird, layer a large pan with cut vegetables like celery, carrots, onion, and garlic. Place your turkey on top, and you've got our favorite way to roast.
16 of 17
There's no need to dirty another dish -- make your gravy right in the roasting dish. Simply skim off the fat using a spoon, and add any flavorings you like!