Entertaining Tips for the Thanksgiving Host

Entertaining Tips for the Thanksgiving Host

CHEFS Catalog

CHEFS Catalog

November 8th, 2017

Entertaining Tips for the Thanksgiving Host

Thanksgiving is a highly anticipated time of year for friends and family to gather over delectable dishes, share stories, and reminisce. But oftentimes, this holiday can be less enjoyable and more burdensome for the host. If you’re in charge of Thanksgiving dinner this year and are feeling overwhelmed, don’t fret! Hosting this momentous meal can easily be simplified to make it less stressful, yet still memorable.

Check out these six tips to make Thanksgiving dinner this year something your guests will never forget – in a good way!

Table Décor

Décor is an important part of entertaining, but you don’t have to go out and buy a bunch of decorations from the store to make a pretty tablescape. Just use what you have! Gather branches and leaves from your yard, and place them in vases, wine bottles, or jars. Scatter seasonal fruit, pumpkins, or gourds around the table. Mix in some candles or tea lights for extra ambiance!

Place Cards

A fun way to make dinner more entertaining is with the place cards. Instead of writing the individuals’ names, write a unique or interesting fact about each person. Guests will enjoy going around the table to find out what you put for them, as well as learning about the other guests. This makes a great conversation starter and ice breaker for groups where not everyone knows each other.


Don’t keep your guests hungry while you’re finishing up in the kitchen. As they arrive and begin to mix and mingle, have an appetizer or two ready for them to snack on. It can be as simple as a cheese and crackers tray or fruit and veggies with dip. Or, you can make something a little more festive, such as a cranberry salsa or feta and spinach tarts.

Labeling Dishes

A nice touch to Thanksgiving dinner is a card next to each dish noting what it is. This is great for a few reasons. First, you won’t be asked over and over again what everything is (hopefully). Second, if you make anything specifically for guests with allergies, it helps them to know which dishes they can and can’t eat. And third, it’s a great way to make sure your guests know that you didn’t just make sweet potatoes but that you made cumin-orange caramelized sweet potatoes.


One thing people always look forward to after Thanksgiving is more Thanksgiving! Meaning: leftovers. If you really want to make a lasting impression on your guests, skip the paper plates and plastic wrap and opt for something a little nicer, like take out, cupcake, or treat boxes. Still affordable, these boxes are a simple way to stand out as a supreme host or hostess and preserve all your hard work!

Party Favors

If you want to send your guests home with a little more than a food coma, consider bottling some spiced nuts, candy, or a homemade spice in mason jars. Everyone loves a little gift, and this is an easy and welcomed way to let guests know how grateful you are for them.

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