Thanksgiving is coming up, and with it comes the anticipation and joy of the holiday season, as well as the task of hosting the family gathering.
I think a lot of families, mine included, are a lot like fudge — sweet, with a lot of nuts! It certainly makes for some interesting holidays, but that’s no reason to stress about your upcoming hostess gig.
Prep like a pro with these simple yet impactful tips for being the hostess with the mostest at your upcoming Thanksgathering celebration.
Personalize your gathering by prepping a simple yet thoughtful gift for your guests a week before your soiree. Sure, it’s traditional for the guests to bring a hostess gift, but you’re no rookie! Make a batch of baked goods, place them into pretty jars and add a festive gift tag!
Lighten the mood with a fun playlist. Music is a proven mood-booster, so pull together your favorite background tunes and play them on repeat. Crank the volume when Uncle Bob tells one of his famous stories for the 100th time, and let the music carry you away. (See? Instant mood boost.)
Clean house. It goes without saying that your home needs to be squeaky clean for entertaining. Grandma’s coming, and she’ll tell you exactly how she feels about your housekeeping skills!
This doesn’t need to be the most dreaded hostess task! I like to keep things simple in the housekeeping department, arming myself with just a few items that will prep my home from top to bottom — even to Grandma’s standards. I use a multisurface antibacterial cleaner because it cleans and protects everything in my kitchen — from the granite counters to the stainless steel appliances and table.
The powder room needs extra attention, too. Scrubbing Bubbles® Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaner takes care of cleaning and disinfecting. No need for your guests to see signs that you actually use that room, amiright?
Set the tone with scents of the season. I love using scented candles for entertaining, and the holidays are no exception. This Glade® Apple Cinnamon Candle not only smells amazing, it adds color and light to my fall centerpiece. Bonus points for masking the smell of Aunt Mary’s mystery casserole with apple cinnamon goodness!
Add special details like a photo-worthy place setting. I covered the table in butcher paper and some unused mirrors as the base of my centerpiece. I added pumpkin gourds and candle pedestals to create height.
It’s easier than you think to create a customized table setting. I took these simple burlap placemats and customized them with iron-on letters, adding words like “Thankful” and “Family.” These take just 15 minutes to finish, but make a big impact!
This was written by Five Marigolds shop and has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are the author’s alone.
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