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  • Writer's pictureCoard Benson

Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving in Your Home

Updated: Dec 28, 2023



As the leaves change colors and the air becomes crisp, the warmth of Thanksgiving draws near, bringing with it the joy of gathering with loved ones. For those fortunate enough to call their house a home, there’s a unique pleasure in hosting Thanksgiving festivities. In this blog post, Benson & Mangold invites you to explore the art of hosting Thanksgiving in your home, turning your residence into a haven of gratitude and celebration.

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  1. Welcoming Spaces: Create a welcoming space for your guests. From the entryway to the dining area, create an inviting atmosphere with thoughtful decorations, comfortable seating, and ambient lighting.

  2. Preparing the Kitchen: Delve into the heart of Thanksgiving preparations— the kitchen. Organize the cooking space in advance, prepare a timeline for cooking, and ensure that all the necessary tools and ingredients are readily available.

  3. Tablescaping: Explore creative ways to set a visually appealing Thanksgiving table. Utilize themes, color palettes, and unique centerpiece ideas that can transform the dining area into a feast for the eyes. Incorporate personal touches or family heirlooms into the table arrangements.

  4. Making Guests Feel at Home: Be sure to make guests feel comfortable and appreciated. This could include entertaining activities, creating a cozy ambiance, and providing thoughtful gestures like personalized place cards or a welcoming drink station.

  5. Navigating Limited Space: Not every home has a sprawling dining room. Consider creative seating arrangements to utilize` additional/outdoor areas, there are solutions for hosting a memorable Thanksgiving regardless of the size of your home.

  6. Infusing Personality into the Celebration: Infuse your unique personality into the celebration. Whether it’s a cherished family recipe, a special Thanksgiving playlist, or a tradition that makes the day uniquely yours, these personal touches can elevate the hosting experience.

  7. A Stress-Free Farewell: Plan for the aftermath with a practical post-Thanksgiving cleanup. Consider dividing tasks among family members to utilize time, while still ensuring a stress-free farewell to guests.

Hosting Thanksgiving in your own home is not just about providing a meal; it’s about creating an experience, a celebration of gratitude, love, and togetherness. As a real estate company committed to helping you find your dream home, Benson & Mangold believes that every house has the potential to become a haven, especially during the holiday season. May your Thanksgiving be filled with warmth, joy, and the comfort of home.

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