So you’re hosting your first Thanksgiving family dinner but have no clue where to start? Don’t worry!
Check out our Thanksgiving survival guide and you’ll be crowned the champion of hosting for years to come.
Preparing the meal
If you’re the perfect host, you’ll have all your food ready and the kitchen spotless well before the guests arrive. But you’ve got to be realistic, you’re not Martha Stewart, so it’s ok to cut some corners. Don’t waste time wrestling with kitchen foil, use Food Huggers to quickly store away the extra onion halves from cooking your stuffing or tomato halves from your gourmet salad. These handy kitchen helpers will ensure they stay fresh for longer, and are good for the environment too!
Let’s face it, not everyone has time to be baking a full on pumpkin pie, and it’s never going to taste as good as Grandma’s. So why not try something different, and have a box of Luxury Chocolate Peanut Butter cups from Eat Chic delivered to your door. These mini cupcakes are the perfect dessert alternative, adding a cute and delicious twist to your Thanksgiving desserts.
Creating a Cosy Atmosphere
With your turkey slowly roasting to perfection in the kitchen, it’s time to create a cosy atmosphere for your guests. To get you in the holiday mood, start with the music and plug in some Libratone bluetooth speakers. With Acoustic FullRoom™ technology they’ll send waves in every direction, filling your home with rich, luxurious sound.
Then, drape a Veiros Blanket from Urbanara over your sofa alongside and couple of pillows from Rimanku for your guests to lounge upon. They’ll also come in handy when dealing with the inevitable food coma that’s sure to follow after your feast!
Just try not to get too comfy and fall asleep, because then your food’s going to get burnt. Complement the aroma of burnt turkey that’s wafting from the kitchen by lighting up a candle or two from the Esscentual collection. The Spring Kitchen candle has notes of warm shortbread, orange blossom and espresso coffee – perfect for keeping your guests fooled that everything is under control!
Entertaining your Guests
Scientists have proven that better lighting stimulates more engaging conversation, so why not invest in a Lifx Smart Light to get the conversation going with your family members? The bulb transforms into 16 million different colours and mood settings, so you can adjust the atmosphere and get the party pumping with the push of a button.
Don’t forget to keep your younger relatives busy with the Robo WunderKind! These nifty toys will not only give the kids a crash course in coding, but will also keep them entertained for hours, so you don’t have to!
And if you need a break from all the conversation – because no one needs to hear the story of Grandpa’s new lawnmower for the 59th time – just pop in the a pair of Wraps Headphones and drift off into that sweet, sweet food coma.
If you’ve followed all these steps, you’re sure to host the greatest Thanksgiving dinner of all time. Never let your family forget this victory by taking lots of photos and posting them all over social media. And why not make these pictures truly unique by adding a Black Eye Fish lens to your smartphone. These cool little lenses can also be used at any friendsgiving to take the perfect selfie.
Once the festivities are over, and you’ve waved good bye to your family, there’s only one thing left to do – recover. Treat yourself to an Optiat body scrub or Cocoa Body Butter from English Rose Cosmetics and have a home spa day – because let’s face it, you deserve it.
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Words: Jayne Phillips & Research: Celine Douet