Thanksgiving Hosting Hacks

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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!

Cover Your Turkey in Bacon

Worried about a dry turkey? Cover your bird in bacon and relax. The bacon will baste the meat and crisp to succulent perfection.

Make Your Stuffing in a Muffin Tin

Make individual stuffing portions and bake them up in a muffin tin. Everyone gets the perfect combination of crispy edges and a creamy center. 

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.

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!

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.

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.

Give the Kids Something to Do

Keep the kids entertained with our printable holiday place mats. All you'll need is pencils and crayons on turkey day.

Say Yes to Your Microwave

Short on oven space? Turn to your trusty microwave for dessert. These quick mug cakes steam while they cook, so they're extra moist and delicious.

Love Your Slow Cooker

Free up stove and oven space with our entertaining secret -- the slow cooker! We especially love it for hands-off dishes like mashed potatoes.

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! 

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.

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.

Embrace Shortcuts

Our favorite store-bought shortcut? Purchased piecrust. Simply unwrap and fill -- no one has to know you didn't make it yourself!

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!

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.

Good Gravy

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!

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