Ready- Set- It’s almost Thanksgiving! Here are 5 pre Thanksgiving dinner entertaining tips to help you be ready for the the crowds. They are some of the little things you may not think about with all the food prep going on but that really help set the guests at ease. This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com.
5 Pre-Thanksgiving Meal Tips To Keep Everyone Happy Before The Feast
Thanksgiving is a feast that can take days or at least hours to prepare! Here are a few details to think of before your guest arrive to make sure they will all be comfortable and happy while socializing and awaiting the big feast. Pre thanksgiving dinner tips for entertaining guests.
Music can really help set the mood and put everyone in a celebratory spirit. Before all your guests arrive, give a little thought to what system you will be using to play the music and pick some albums or play lists that will be perfect for Thanksgiving.
A good host and hostess always have plenty of drink options to offer their guests while they mingle. Make sure you have plenty of drinkware, ice, and beverage options for all of your guests.
A great option that is sure to please both adults and kids are Sipp Sparkling Organics. Sipp Organics comes in 6 different varieties of sparkling beverage with blended fruits, herbs and agave. These lightly sweetened sparkling beverages are great enjoyed by themselves or they can also be used to create fresh, natural cocktails. My son and I love the Mojo Berry over crushed ice which is a refreshing combination of tangy blackberry with mint, lime, and agave. Learn more about Sipp and where you can pick up them up near you at sippsparklingorganics.com
If you love a handcrafted cocktail, you will love Clean Cocktails for the Modern Mixologist by Tara Roscioli & Beth Ritter Nydick from Blue Barn Kitchen Publishing. This book is full of cocktail recipes that taste amazing and that are made with more holistic health choices centered around the clean-living mindset. The recipes use low-calorie spirits, fresh juices, clean sweeteners like honey and maple syrup, and anti-inflammatory spices. The recipes use beautiful fresh ingredients and are fun to make!
My husband and I selected “The Day Drinker” because I just love gin and mixing it with lemon, grapefruit and sage, well, that sounded delightful- and it was sunshine in a glass, loaded with antioxidant vitamin C.
Another thing I love about the book and which is perfect for your pre-Thanksgiving entertaining, is that many of the recipes offer pitcher-sized variations of the recipe for easy preparation and serving. You can purchase the book on Amazon.
3. Set An Inviting Tablescape
Have your table all set up for the feast before hand. Not only does it make for lovely functional decor, it also makes everyone feel welcome. You can use these simple tips for setting a Thanksgiving Table and these free printable Thanksgiving place cards. You will love this Turkey Utensil Pouch craft the kids can help with!
4. Pre-Thanksgiving Meal Snacks
You want to go fairly light with snacks because you have a gigantic meal coming. But having a few things to nibble on is always a good idea.
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5. Don’t Forget The Pets
It is a great idea to treat your pet with some special goodies, not only so they can be part of the pre Thanksgiving dinner celebration, but also so they will feel more happy and calm when all of your guests start arriving. Just in time for Thanksgiving, Solid Gold has new lines of dog and cat recipes. They incorporate recognizable holiday feast ingredients into holistic foods your pet will love.
Scout the dog, got to try their Superfoods Chewy Dog Treats that combine turkey, sweet potatoes and cinnamon to deliver a texture, aroma and taste he couldn’t resist. I mean, Scout absolutely loves these grain free dog treats. He can smell them right away and his eyes get all big. I will have to share him getting a Solid Gold snack on my Instagram stories today. He is just so funny!
Ron the cat, also loved his Solid Gold treat. The Tropical Blendz Cat Food with Turkey and Coconut Oil is a grain and gluten free wet cat food in a paté form. Ron looked so satisfied while he was eating it and he kept closing his eyes like it was bliss on a plate!
Solid Gold’s wide variety of wet foods and treats are perfect holiday rewards for pets and they will be great stocking stuffers too!
Also, while on the subject of pets and Thanksgiving, Petlanthropy partners and works with local animal shelters across the United States to help save thousands of wonderful animals that need food and homes. You can help them in their mission with a Petlanthropy Donation Gift Card. Recipients can go to www.petlanthropy.org and apply the value of their gift card to any local animal shelter project or donation page. They make great gifts for the pet owners who have everything!
So there you have it. Five tips to help your guests be at ease while they await the Thanksgiving feast. Just talking about gets me all excited. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Eat, drink, and be thankful!
Have you tried any of the pre thanksgiving dinner ideas I mentioned? Which ones sound appealing to you?