When the year begins to reach its end, many of us find ourselves partaking in various traditions and celebrations. One of the most common traditions that most Americans partake in is the Thanksgiving dinner. While it is a fun celebration that many look forward to, if you are acting as host of a Thanksgiving get-together, those feelings of “fun” may be replaced with feelings of stress, dread, and worry. A lot goes into hosting a holiday celebration. However, just because you are the host, that does not mean that you cannot enjoy yourself. In order to reduce your stress and enjoy the holiday season, keep these tips in mind when you are planning out your Thanksgiving meal:
Space Things Out
Hosting Thanksgiving in your apartment can be stressful for many reasons; a big cause of stress for many in Detroit luxury apartments is space. Obviously, loft living does not provide the same amount of space as living in a large home would; that said, it is still possible to host a Thanksgiving dinner without feeling cramped. Plan ahead for the arrival of your guests. Rearrange your furniture in a way that provides ample seating and space out hors d’oeuvres and drinks in various “stations” in your apartment so guests are not all congregated in one specific area.
Delegate, Delegate, Delegate
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner does not mean that you have to do everything. While it can be unnerving to release some responsibilities, especially if you are a perfectionist, delegating specific tasks can greatly reduce your stress. If someone offers to bring a side dish or dessert, let them. If you need a bag of ice, ask someone to grab a bag on their way to your apartment. When it’s time to do the dishes, if someone offers to help, hand them a drying towel. Good hosts and hostesses know how to delegate and good guests are happy to help.
Do What You Can in Advance
Make pies a day in advance. Assemble charcuterie boards and set the table the night prior. Making any side dishes, appetizers, drinks, or desserts a day or two before Thanksgiving, as well as decorating ahead of time, can help cut down on your stress levels and free up more of your time on the big day to focus on the “main attractions” like the turkey, green bean casserole, and stuffing.
Carve Out “You” Time
For a host, Thanksgiving Day is a busy day. The best way to ensure that you are at the top of your game is to carve out some “you” time. Whether that is hitting up a Turkey Trot in the morning for a much-needed endorphin rush, waking up an hour early and heading to a coffee shop with your favorite book, or by simply taking a mid-day cooking break for some beer and football, make sure that you do not forget about caring for yourself. The more relaxed you are, the better your guests will ultimately feel.
Luxury apartments in Detroit like those at the Lofts of Merchants Row are the perfect settings for hosting Thanksgiving meals. With these four tips, you can rest assured that your Thanksgiving will be a truly epic one.