Halloween is over and you’ve stored away all your decorations. Now it’s time for Thanksgiving and it’s your turn to host. That might seem like a challenge since you have a small apartment and you’re not sure how you’re going to fit everyone.
If you’re in New York City, relax: most people in the Big Apple live in apartments rather than houses, and often have to squeeze a big and boisterous family into a small amount of space. But don’t let that stop you from telling the family that you’ll definitely be the host this year.
Here are five tips to help you create the best Thanksgiving possible, even if you’re nervous about how you make it festive in cramped quarters.
Why it’s Important to Start Planning Thanksgiving Dinner Early
You definitely don’t want to wait until the last minute to begin planning your meal. Make a master list of everything you plan to make. Decide whether you’re taking care of the entire meal or if you’re going to ask guests to bring an item. If you want the help of others, assign them one specific side dish to bring along so you don’t end up with duplicates.
Put together a shopping list of everything you’re going to need. It’s also important to buy as many of your ingredients ahead of time. Obviously, you can’t buy fresh vegetables and the turkey a month out, but you can make sure to have seasonings and other shelf-stable ingredients, such as canned goods and drinks, bought in advance of the mad holiday rush.
Why You Should Use All Available Seats in a Small Apartment
If your apartment is small, you don’t have to cram everyone around the dinner table. If you have a couch in your living room, it could fit several people. Chances are, you’ll find your guests don’t mind.
When hosting Thanksgiving dinner in a cozy apartment, use all the seating you have, and then borrow chairs from neighbors and stage the seating all around the apartment. There’s no hard and fast rule that everyone needs to sit down formally at the dinner table.
Double-Check Your Inventory for Thanksgiving Dinner in Advance
To avoid any last-minute complications, make sure you have everything you need to prepare the meal and keep your guests happy. Do you have all of the pots and pans you’ll need to cook dinner with? Are there enough glasses and mugs available for your guests? Do you have the required set of dishes, silverware, napkins, and serving bowls to use? Are you prepared with a coffee maker and tea kettle for those who enjoy hot beverages?
Make a list of anything you may need before the actual holiday rolls around to be certain you don’t get caught scrambling of something you don’t have.
When Hosting Thanksgiving, Get Started the Day Before
There are usually a lot of things that can be prepped the day before Thanksgiving. You can wash and chop vegetables and fruit, prepare side dishes and desserts, and pull out all of your dry ingredients for the next day.
You should also decorate your apartment the day before so you know where you want everyone to sit and how you want the food to be served. Run all of your plates, cups, bowls, glasses, and silverware through the dishwasher and set them out once they’re dry and polished. If you have any table decorations, such as a cornucopia, candlesticks, or pumpkins, the day before would be a good time to set them out.
Why Making a Cooking List before Thanksgiving is a Good Idea
Before the holiday arrives, make a list of everything you need to do, in order. Remember, your turkey will have to go in first. Most birds take hours to cook, depending on their weight. You also want to allow one hour after you pull the turkey out to allow it to cool down enough to cut and serve it. While the turkey is in, start preparing the rest of the dishes. Keep track of your list and use an alarm to keep you on track.
And give yourself some extra time to accomplish everything so you’re not going to feel rushed.
The Importance of Relaxing After Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner
Knowing you have a tiny apartment and that hosting a Thanksgiving dinner there won’t be easy, it’s important to plan everything out in advance. If you do, chances are your meal will be a hit and will keep your guests happy and well-fed.
Once the meal is over, don’t turn down help from your guests. Let them pick up dishes and throw away the garbage. You can also send your guests home with some wonderful leftovers in sturdy, disposable containers that you don’t need to have returned.
That’s it! With a little advance planning, you’ve completed your first Thanksgiving meal in your not-so-big apartment and can appreciate the fact that it was a hit with everyone who attended. Then you can sit back and enjoy a glass of wine since you now deserve it.
And if you went out and purchased new cooking utensils, pots and pans, and other kitchen supplies and don’t expect to use them again anytime soon, consider having them stored in a clean and safe storage unit until the next big holiday meal.
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If you have items that you want to keep but don’t use very often, you don’t need to worry about finding a place to store them in your cramped apartment. Treasure Island Storage can assist you in providing safe storage space for them. Whatever it is that you need to have stored after a big holiday dinner, TI Storage has a variety of climate-controlled storage units to suit your needs.
Located throughout New York and New Jersey, Treasure Island Storage is guaranteed to be the top choice for a storage facility near you. Once your Thanksgiving day meal is over, simply locate the Treasure Island Storage in your neighborhood and stop by. Our team of storage solution associates is happy to show you around and help you reserve the unit you need. Contact us today!