Tips to Host Thanksgiving Dinner

By: Hanna Rubio
hosting thanksgiving dinner

The world revolves in a rapid movement that sometimes, it gets hard to catch up on. The busier you get, the more difficult it gets to find free time to do the things that make you feel at ease, more so to spend time with your family and friends. Thank God there are occasions you can use as an excuse to finally breathe from the hustle and bustle of life and just have fun in your Tagaytay condo.

And apart from really living alone, one of the things you wanted to check off of your bucket list is hosting parties/dinners with your family and friends. Need not fret for Thanksgiving is just right up the corner. It’s time to bring the positivity and spread the holiday feels by hosting your own Thanksgiving dinner.

Hosting Celebrations: Tips to Elevate Thanksgiving Dinner

For first-timers, this can be quite challenging as the preparations can get overwhelming. However, with the help of the right people, everything will be easy and possible.

Whether you’re a first-timer or someone who is used to hosting dinners already, here are some tips to further elevate your Thanksgiving dinner!

Plan ahead of time

Hosting not just Thanksgiving dinner but dinners or parties in general can be taxing especially when it’s rushed. To have a hassle-free process, plan ahead of time. Let’s say a couple of days or even weeks before that actual party. Doing so will allow you, the host, to take everything into consideration and thoroughly oversee everything to make sure nothing will go wrong and every supply will last.

Come up with a list of invitees

Another thing that must be prioritized aside from the overall planning is the number of people attending the dinner. Doing so will allow you to gauge the amount of food, drinks, tableware, chairs, etc. needed. In addition, you’ll be able to know the number of adults and children coming. This can be done by creating and sending digital invitations or RSVP, calling, or meeting them personally.

A Helping hand would be useful

The preparations can be heavy especially if you’re going to do everything alone. So, it would be great to ask or accept help from your friends or family members. This not only makes everything easier but also gives you a chance to bond and spend time together.

Decorate your home

To spice up the celebration more, you can decorate your Tagaytay condo. Some decoration ideas are wreaths, mini pumpkins, garlands, candles, etc. Pick a color palette for a more cohesive look. This adds up to the whole Thanksgiving vibe. The decorated home not only feeds the eye but is also definitely gram-worthy!

Create a menu

A celebration is much more enjoyable when there’s good food to share. Creating a menu specifically made for Thanksgiving is one great way to add more fun to the dinner. What’s more fun than eating mouth-watering dishes, right? It is also believed that food becomes more sumptuous when shared with loved ones. That is why it is important to take everyone into consideration when looking for meal ideas. This comes along with knowing their preferences and allergies to avoid problems from arising.

Consider potluck

Even though you are hosting the party, there will surely be some guests who’d want to pitch in and bring their own cooked dishes and delicacies for everyone to share. With that, you might want to ask your guests who’d be willing to bring something and what dish in particular are they thinking of bringing.

Set up the table

It will be much easier for you to set up the table and chair a day before the dinner itself. This is to make sure that everything is nicely positioned. Moreover, this will also allow you to know whether the table and chairs can cater to everyone you invited, not to mention the utensils, plates, tablecloths, and such. Decorating the table will also add to the whole vibe and will make eating a lot more enjoyable.

Lastly, Have fun!

After making the dinner possible, from planning the whole party to decorating the house to cooking the meals, you should not forget to have fun. After all, the dinner is organized so you can spend time and share stories and laughter with your friends and families. Remember that while celebrating Thanksgiving is about being thankful for all the blessings, it’s also about being thankful for having the chance to spend it with your loved ones. Make the most out of it and create memories you’ll always remember.

Thanksgiving Feast: Food Ideas to prepare for Thanksgiving

Now that you have quite an idea of how to host the next Thanksgiving dinner, here are some of the dishes that you might want to include in your Thanksgiving menu.

Main Course

For main course dishes, the primary choice for every Thanksgiving is the turkey. It will always be a part of the celebration. You can try different turkey dishes if you want something new aside from the roasted turkey. Some ideas are Apricot-Glazed Cornish Hens, Cheesy Pesto Turkey Sliders, and Stuffed Turkey Breast.

Side dishes

A dish is not complete with its delicious sides. When deciding about the perfect sides, go for a dish that everyone will surely like. Some examples are sweet potato, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, brussels sprouts, and cranberry sauce.


There’s always room for dessert! After a delectable meal, finishing it off with a tasty dessert is always a great idea. For Thanksgiving, pies are the famous dessert and it has different flavors like pumpkin pie, apple pie, or pecan pie. Some other desserts that you can try are apple cider doughnuts, cranberry cake, tres leches cake, etc.


Good food comes along with good drinks. The choices can highly depend on what you and your guests prefer drinking but it’s a great idea to create and mix your own cocktails and mocktails. You can find recipes online and some of them are sangria, cranberry martini, punch, mimosa, pumpkin spice latte, apple cider, and margarita.

Thanksgiving: A story of gratitude and connections

You might think that hosting dinners should always be fancy and grand but it’s not for even a simple celebration will do. Because special occasions like this are not about the amount of food you have on the table or how well-decorated your place is. It is about expressing your gratitude bonded by good food and good company.

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