Thanksgiving is a very special holiday for me as I love the feeling of loved ones getting together and sharing their time and gratitude (and good food) with one another. I always host the holiday in my home or office, myself, and would love to share a few ideas with you.
Pick a Theme: I personally like to pick a theme for my Thanksgiving holiday and suggest that you do as well. Whether it’s modern and clean or lush and opulent, pick one that suits you and then keep it running through the common areas of your home.
Greet Your Guests Like They Are VIP’s: I personally love to be greeted by the host and welcomed into their home, don’t you? This is especially important when your guests do not know one another. Ask a trusted friend, partner or family member to assist you in answering the door, greeting and introducing guests and helping to strike up conversations between strangers.
Set The Tone Immediately: I love the idea of greeting guests with a tray of chocolates and/or something warm to sip. Think mulled wine, hot cocoa, apple cider or have a few selections available for guests to indulge upon entry. Have music going and remember to be relaxed with your guests. If you are stressed, they will be stressed. If you are relaxed, they will be as well.
Buy a Coat Rack: It’s not a glamorous tip, but anyone who has spent time sorting through a pile of coats and scarves on top of someone’s bed or couch will appreciate the gesture. Purchase a sturdy rack that will allow for thick coats and bags and buy plenty of hangers in one color.
Illuminate The Room: Placing small votive candles around the room will not only help to create a warm ambiance, but everyone looks wonderful in candlelight. Be sure to have extra’s on-hand.
Don’t Forget The Bathroom: Fresh flowers, a nicely scented candle, beautiful hand towels and a small basket with individual mouthwash bottles, combs, mini hair spray cans, tums and spray deodorant will be deeply appreciated by guests who find they need these items but are too embarrassed to ask for them.
Finally, Gift Your Guests: I personally love to give my guests a memento from our evening together. I once had a client who offered guests small bottles of her favorite scent, but it’s really about what feels personal to you. This could be a beautifully wrapped ornament, a frame in which they can place their favorite photo of the evening or even an elegant box filled with cookies and a treasured recipe.
What are your suggestions for this generous reader?
Photo Courtesy of John Labbe