The Holiday Hosting Checklist

In just a few days, we’ll be gathering with loved ones in the spirit of giving thanks. Some of us will be hosting, which presents a wonderful opportunity to make guests feel welcome and special, but can also cause a bit of stress as the occasion draws near. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite holiday-themed TSG Tips to help with the Thanksgiving prep.

Gather inspiration for your table. Going for something traditional? We break down the anatomy of a Thanksgiving centerpiece here. Seeking something simple yet sparkly? These tips for setting an easy, elegant table might help. For a modern table with formal flair, this advice will steer you in the right direction. 

Nail down your menu must-haves. While the star of the meal on Thanksgiving is a no-brainer, selecting a turkey can seem daunting. Don’t worry, we break down the basics here. (Need additional turkey-cooking tips? We have you covered.) When it comes to keeping guests from getting too hungry while waiting for the turkey to finish cooking, nothing beats a beautiful, well-curated cheese board. Post-meal, why not wow with a decadent dessert table? Finally, don’t forget to assess the state of your spirits; our experts outline what makes up the well-stocked bar here.

Add a festive flair to your decor. Make your mantel a fun focal point with these inspiring tips. Candlesticks caked in wax from your last hosting gig? No problem. Trying to decide on a palette? We have a tip for that, too. Finally, don’t forget your front door! Find our favorite ways to personalize holiday wreaths here.

Involve the kids. Enlisting little ones to get the house ready to host can yield wonderful results. Homemade place cards are an excellent project for the younger set. You can also send them outside to forage for items to include an inspired autumn arrangement.