Other than giving thanks for all that is good, Thanksgiving is about the meal (another reason to show gratitude) and this can put a lot of pressure on the host to deliver. You want to impress your guests, have them leaving with full bellies and raving about the meal you spent so much time preparing; not to mention the lovely table setting that enhanced the beauty of the meal. How did you get the time to do it all?
The work begins well before the day or even the month. Starting your thanksgiving guest list early in September enable you to know how many people you are going to entertain and what kind of dinner you’ll be planning. Will it be formal, intimate or kid-friendly? Ask guests to reply as soon as possible.
If you’re having guests from out of town, a place to stay will be top priority. Will they be staying in a hotel? Then reservations should be made as soon as possible. If you are generously accommodating guests at your home there are a few (or shall I say a lot) of major decisions to be made. Start planning the guest bedrooms early. Do you have enough beds or do you need to purchase one or two? This can be as easy as walking into a store and purchasing one right off the floor or if you choose a custom built, then be prepared to wait up to six weeks or longer for delivery.
Ensure you have enough bedding, towels and toiletry to accommodate your guests comfortably, especially if your guests are bringing along children.
Having fresh linens and towels can give your guest the ultimate experience.
Remember to include a bed and some toys for the furry friends if they are bringing along a pet. This is also a good time to start thinking of activities and games to play.
Part of hosting a dinner is making sure you have enough room around the table for everyone to be seated comfortably. Look around your dining room and determine if you need more chairs or maybe an entire dining room set.
Finding the right dining table can be a daunting task. Dining tables are more than a place to eat. It can be a scene stealer standing out with pride and representing the whole feel of the home. The look of the dining table can make your family and guests feel loved and welcomed.
Make sure you get the right size to fit your dining room and the right style to suit the rest of your home.
Starting these tasks early can save you a lot of mental and financial stress. Most people celebrate the holidays and face the same or similar challenges that you do, so expect retailers and services to be busier closer to the holiday. Ordering customized items whether it’s furniture or baked goods is always a sensible idea to order early. Don’t forget to book your house cleaning services early as well.
Next blog we will discuss the best time to start planning your menu, thanksgiving décor, and how to set the perfect Thanksgiving dinner table.
The knowledgeable sales staff at Knock on Wood Furniture Galleries is expertly trained to help you choose furniture pieces that are the right style and fit for your home; and because they make custom furniture, you can rest assured that you will get the right size, colour and style to meet your needs for your entire home.
During the month of September, Knock on Wood is holding a promotion on ALL Dining Room Sets. Everything for your dining room is now 15% - 25% off.
Please contact your sales consultant at Knock on Wood for more details.