If you’ve recently purchased a home for sale in Irvine, you might be counting down the days to host an amazing Thanksgiving dinner at your new abode. As the quintessentially American holiday, Thanksgiving is an excellent opportunity for Irvine homeowners to unleash their inner Martha Stewart. Accepting Thanksgiving dinner invitations is fun, but even better is being able to host a dinner party your guests will truly enjoy. Here are some recommendations you can follow to make your Thanksgiving dinner truly unforgettable this year.
Formulate the Game Plan
Set aside an hour of your life to figure out what you want to do versus what you need to do and what you can accomplish. You can use a project management app to help you in this regard. Otherwise, a Microsoft Word document or even a notepad will do. Your game plan should be a list of to-do tasks you can check off when completed or when they should be eliminated completely. Make sure to include dishes your guests will bring, and do not worry if they cancel or don’t bring them at all. Just make sure you can prepare standby solutions for some of them. For example, if your sister tells you at the last minute she will not bring her secret mac and cheese recipe, you should still be able to pull off an instant version.
Make an Edible Centerpiece in Advance
Decorating is a very fun part of Thanksgiving, and it should be among your first tasks. Search online for edible centerpieces and carefully review the prep instructions. You may be surprised to learn they look more complicated than they really are. Mixing fruit, flowers, and candles always works, but make sure your centerpiece has enough edible pieces so it is truly delectable.
Prepare Side Dishes Early
You will need all the time you can muster on Thanksgiving Day itself, which is why you should prepare your side dishes the day before. However, make sure they can be refrigerated and reheated.
Diffuse Scents Around the House
To make your Thanksgiving dinner a truly enjoyable event, you need to stimulate all senses. You already know the food will taste great and that your centerpiece and garnishing will look very pleasant. The next step should be to make your house smell like Thanksgiving. Set up a few essential oil diffusers around your house before guests start arriving. You should choose cypress, pine, clove, and cinnamon oils. The rest of your aromatics will be provided by your oven. The key to making your turkey smell great as it roasts is to choose the right seasonings, which should include ginger, garlic, sesame oil, and zest. If you are baking or reheating biscuits, bring out their scent with butter before they hit the oven.
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