Monday, November 7, 2016

Easy Steps to Get Your Home Ready For A Thanksgiving Crowd or Party of Two

Open your home to Thanksgiving Day guests
with my easy tips to add a festive note.
If you’re hosting a Thanksgiving Day feast this year for a big crowd or simply a party of two, then be sure to follow these easy tips to make your home a warm and wonderful backdrop for all the festivities:
 
First things first: Showcase the public spaces in your home where visitors will gather. This means the kitchen, living room, dining room, family room and guest bathroom. Tidy up these areas. Pressed for time? Hire a housekeeper to give your home a thorough cleaning before the big day.
 
Decide your Thanksgiving vibe: Informal or formal? This will help you plan your party accordingly. For a formal yet inviting look, pull out the fine china, silverware, crystal and cloth napkins.
For a more formal gathering on Thanksgiving,
pull out the fine china, cloth napkins and other finery to elevate the look. 
Add place cards, too, especially for a large gathering. If a more casual setting is desired, then be playful in your decorating choices. Fluff up the pillows on the sofa and add some plush throws so guests can dine or watch the game on TV.  Board games, too, amp up the fun.
 
Think about the color palette for not only your holiday tablescape, but also your soft furnishings, floral arrangements and home accents in other rooms. Although the traditional orange and rich brown theme is quite lovely, dare to go outside your comfort zone. Why not experiment with other colors, such as creamy mix of white, beige and pale green? 

  Go for the flower power. Visit the flower market the day before Thanksgiving and scoop up what’s in season.
Harness the power of flowers this Thanksgiving.
Call your florist now to schedule arrangements and their delivery to your abode.
Or call your florist and have your Thanksgiving arrangements delivered. Tip: Make sure centerpieces are low enough so guests can see each other and easily converse at the dinner table. 
 
Don’t forget about the importance of lighting. If your dinner is during the day, throw open the drapes to let natural light fill your home. Dining in the evening?
Candles add seasonal loveliness.
Just be sure the scent isn't cloying.
Add candles to create an incredible sense of coziness in your home. Just be sure the scents aren’t cloying. You’ll want the scent of the delicious foods to fill your space.

Select background music that will appeal to all age groups and tastes. Keep the volume down. 

  Lastly, make sure you — as the hostess or host extraordinaire — are relaxed and prepared. Select your outfit for Thanksgiving ahead of time.

Make sure your fashion choices are clean and pressed. I suggest a manicure and hair styling appointment earlier in the Thanksgiving week, so you can enjoy the holiday feeling as pretty and polished as your home will inevitably look.

And to all my clients, friends and family who have given me reason to be "Thankful" I wish you a home full of blessings!