What Do I Need for a Thanksgiving Dinner?

If you’re just now jumping on the bandwagon to plan a nice Thanksgiving meal with those you love, you’re just in time. Now is when you should be carefully planning and shopping for everything that you will need to make the night complete. All too often you hear host stories about how they forgot things that they needed most and had nowhere to go and pick the supplies up from. Since many stores are closed (or overly crowded) on Thanksgiving Day, it is ideal to plan ahead so that you don’t forget important things. Below are a few basics to get you started.

Dining Space

Well of course if you’re going to host a Thanksgiving dinner you’re going to need to make sure that you have enough dining space for your friends and family to enjoy themselves. If you’re lucky, you have enough room in your home to accommodate everyone you would like to share in this day with you. However, for those who need more space, chairs, or even tables, you might consider looking into renting. Renting a hall, tables, chairs, and other dining space supplies is sometimes the only way to accommodate everyone attending your big day.

Eating Supplies

What’s a dinner without the supplies you need to eat them? You will need to make sure that you have enough supplies for everyone to eat. This includes cups, plates, utensils, napkins, and whatever else your guests might need. If you’re going to be brave and use your own fine china then you want to dust it off and make sure that you have it ready for that big day. If not, there are some great alternatives such as decorative paper products that can easily be discarded once your done.

Groceries

So, you’ve got your dining space and your eating supplies, now all you need are actual groceries to prepare. Of course you can’t forget your traditional Thanksgiving spread including: a turkey, ham, stuffing, mac and cheese, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, collard greens, gravy, and any other supplies you might need.

Drinks and Desserts

Drinks and desserts are often things that you would ask someone else to bring to your home for the Thanksgiving dinner. However, a good host will always make sure they have some on standby. You will need a few non alcoholic choices including water, juice, coffee, or tea, and you will also need a few wine choices to go with the meals. As for desserts of course you could never go wrong with pies and cakes and ice cream to top it all off.

These are the basics of what you’ll need to entertain guests for Thanksgiving Day. Other things you might think about are games and other things to entertain your guests while they are waiting on the food. Be sure to select age appropriate things so that you can keep all ofyour guests entertained throughout the night. After getting everything on the list all that’s left to do is send out your invitations and wait for the responses to come rolling in.

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