My husband and I love to entertain year-round, but we especially look forward to Thanksgiving. This year, we are hosting dinner for 10 in our Manhattan apartment. The turkey and ham have already been ordered, which frees me up to make veggies, other side dishes and homemade bread. We also happily accept offers from guests to bring their favorite desserts!
A bit of planning can help you avoid the stress of organizing a large gathering. Here are a few tips I shared for several companies on the "Daytime" show and "Good Day Chicago" to help simplify your holiday.
- Take inventory of your dishes, stemware, serving pieces and table linens. Borrow or purchase any needed items now, instead of scrambling the night before Thanksgiving.
- No need to buy and store multiple sets of dishes for each holiday. Start with a basic set of white dishes such as open-stock Everyday White Rim Dinnerware from Bed Bath & Beyond, and accessorize the table with seasonal touches for each occasion.
- Welcome guests with a savory assortment of limited-edition Daily Chef appetizers from Sam's Club. No prep work is needed - just pop them in the oven while you prepare other dishes or greet your guests! From bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin bites to caramelized onion and bacon pastry puffs, these appetizers look elegant and taste delicious.
- For your own table or a hostess gift, Teleflora has gorgeous floral arrangements nestled into food-safe "vases" that can be used year-round. The autumn blooms and elegant taper candles of the Bounty of Beauty Centerpiece are displayed in a beautiful hand-glazed stoneware bowl.
- Don't stress about pairing a different wine with each course. Simply choose one red and one white that go with everything. Yellow Tail Big Bold Red has spicy flavors that complement the fall flavors on traditional holiday menus. For a crisp white wine, Barone Fini Pinot Grigio is a food-friendly wine that pairs well with everything from appetizers through dessert.
- Half an hour before guests arrive, take a bit of time to chill out. Read a magazine, watch a holiday show or listen to music. If you relax and enjoy the party, your guests will, too!