Believe it or not-Thanksgiving week is here! Are you hosting friends or family or will you be traveling? I’ve got some entertaining tips for those of you hosting and a few ideas for hostess gifts!
For the hosts…
- Be Prepared: Don’t wait until the day before to start meal planning and realize that Honey Baked Ham is no longer taking orders! Plan your meal with your guests in mind, make sure to consider food allergies and dietary sensitivities.
- Be Snack and Sips Savvy: Have drinks and snacks available when your guests arrive. An Edible Arrangement is the perfect treat to satisfy hungry bellies until the main course. I recently tried the Salted Caramel Harvest Bouquet with Orange Swizzle Berries and it was amazing! Your friends and family will thank you! I guarantee everyone will keep nibbling on the Edible Arrangement before and after turkey! It even comes with a reusable pumpkin container that automatically decorates your table! You can order up until the day before Thanksgiving! Use code THANK17 for $10 off $39+ or FEAST for $20 off $99 You will also impress your guests with having some creative cocktails and drinks on hand. Set aside a drink station, fill coolers or galvanized buckets with ice and top with flavorful Sipp Sparking Organic Drinks. These organic drinks are available in 6 flavors and blended with fruits, herbs and agave in a lightly sweetened sparkling beverage. I sampled the Mojo Berry, it had such a unique taste and felt like a drink I would have on a tropical island…so a little vacation in a can! If you want to be extra creative, find some inspiration in Clean Cocktails for the Modern Mixologist. My Darling Clementine would be the perfect compliment to your Thanksgiving meal as clementine and cranberry juices are two of the main ingredients. The book is fill with clean recipes that are boost your holiday entertaining
- Be Cozy: Make your guests feel at home by burning your favorite candle, have soft music playing and fresh flowers always brighten a room up. For some, watching football is a big part of Thanksgiving Day so create a space for those who want to watch. The most important part of the day is sharing a meal with your family and friends. Even if the turkey is a little drier than you’d like or the mashed potatoes are cold, as long as you showed love to your family and friends, the day will be a success!
For the guests…
- Be on Time: More than likely, your host has been cleaning, cooking and preparing to host you for quite some time. While it’s okay to be a few minutes late, do your best to arrive at the desired time.
- Be Thoughtful: When a friend or family member open their home for you, a little gesture goes a long way. Bring them a bottle of wine, cocktail napkins or a holiday tea towel. If they have pets, it’s always a sweet idea to bring a little something for them too! Pets can often become overwhelmed with a houseful of guests, soothe their anxiety with Solid Gold Superfoods Chewy Dog Treats . My pesky pooch loves to try to nose her way into dinner time, so these treats are a good way to occupy her away from the table.
- Be Generous: There are so many ways to give back. Petlanthropy Donation Gift Cards are an easy way to give lifesaving care to homeless animals in your community. Recipients can find projects and shelters in their town and apply their gift card to their choice. These gift cards also make great gifts! Snooty Giggles, a local rescue in Middle Tennessee is the recipient of my gift card! If my husband would let me, I’d adopt a farm full of dogs!
- Be Grateful: Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the blessings in our life, even those hard days. Make sure you tell those how much they mean to you and find something each time to be thankful for!
*This post was sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com but all thoughts and opinions are my own