Tips For Hosting Thanksgiving in Your New Home

Moving into a new home during the holiday season can be hectic, but also very exciting! There is lots to unpack to get settled, but you get to show off your new house while it is still very new! You may be scrambling to find your potato masher, but even if this is the case, you’ll absolutely love having family and possibly new friends to celebrate with! Following these tips may make the day of and the days preceding your big meal a little bit easier.

Send out invitations early. Your guests, knowing you’re new to your home, may assume you’re not up for hosting such an elaborate dinner, so assure them with an early invite that you are all in! Then your friends and family won’t be committed to other plans.

Do some market research. If this is a new city as well as a new home, do a little recon at your local markets to see which ones have the items, like fresh meat, spices, produce and special dietary needs, you’ll require for the big day. When it comes time to start shopping, you’ll know exactly where to go,

Ask for help. There’s no shame in admitting you may not be able to do it all yourself. You can delegate tasks to your family and your guests. You may even need to borrow a few items if you haven’t located needed accessories as you unpacked. If you have kids, let them get in on the fun too like asking them to design colorful placemats or place cards for all your guests.

Start with an empty dishwasher. On the day of, plan to run your dishwasher or wash dishes throughout the day. The end goal is to have an empty sink and dishwasher when you sit down to dinner. This will make your clean up much easier since you’ll already have room for the dirty dishes.

Decorate in advance. As you unpack your boxes, bring the ones marked Thanksgiving decorations straight into the house from the truck and unpack them there. You’ll be able to immediately start decorating and you won’t need to search the garage for your autumn wreath and table decorations at the last minute.

Order takeout if necessary. If you feel like you just can’t handle a day of cooking, but you still want to host dinner, consider ordering a premade meal from a well-known restaurant or grocery store. You’ll enjoy a wonderfully and often gourmet chef prepared meal with main course, sides and desserts supplied!

If you are continuing your search for a new home, please know Cornerstone Communities is still building homes throughout the county of San Diego and Temecula. To see our homes, we are offering virtual tours on our website, you can chat with us online or we can schedule a private in-person appointment with you.