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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to think about getting the house ready for visitors. Whether you’re having a feast at your house or a few friends are dropping by to watch the football game after dinner, you’ll need to fit in some cleaning and decorating. Instead of rushing out to pick up the necessities, you can find dinner party decorations and cleaning supplies at the discount store. Here are 5 tips to help your Thanksgiving Day celebration go smoothly.
This is the perfect time to enlist the kids to help you give your home a thorough cleaning above and beyond your normal routine. One of the latest trends in scents for cleaning supplies this fall is lavender. If you’re using air freshener, try to avoid spraying it a short time before company arrives. You don’t want it to interfere with the fresh-baked smells of dinner in the air. Thanksgiving is always a nice excuse to pull out the fancy dishes that you haven’t used since last year. You don’t have to have a house full of people to use them, either. Don’t forget to leave yourself some extra time to wash them either in the dishwasher or by hand.
If your kids get excited every time you have company, they’ll soon be bouncing off the walls. They can help you set up some homemade decorations to make the atmosphere a little more festive. Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. Keep it simple. Use pine cones, fresh sprigs of holly or nandina cuttings in a basket or glass container for decoration, for example.
Setting Up for Guests
If there’s going to be a multitude of people at your home, there will likely be a lot of food. Set up an extra food-only table near the main dining table where some of the food dishes can go after they’ve made their initial pass around the table. The food will still be nearby in case anyone wants a second helping. It also creates a little bit more elbow room and lessens the chances of having a spill. After dinner, it can double as a dessert station to make serving apple and pumpkin pie a little bit easier.
The Kids’ Table
One option for Thanksgiving Day is having the traditional kids’ table. It depends on how many little ones are coming – and just how little they are – whether this will work for your crew. If you have a kids’ table, be sure to make it the cool place to be, rather than a place of banishment. For starters, use a brightly colored table cloth. If you’re concerned about spills, use a plastic table cover in orange, or red. Matching or contrasting party cups, napkins and utensils will make for easy clean-up.
For the Game
There are three football games on Thanksgiving Day this year. The first is between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. The second is at 4:30 p.m. Eastern between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. The third game is set for 8:30 p.m. between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. If you have any diehard football fans coming over for dinner or just for a game, you may want to prepare a separate room that has TV access. Serve some light refreshments, and put up some football-themed party decorations, including football napkins and party cups.
No matter how you spend your Thanksgiving holiday this year, the most important thing to remember is why we celebrate it in the first place. It’s a special day to give thanks for everything and everyone you have in your life. It doesn’t have to be fancy, so just focus on enjoying the food and the company.
MJ is an independent writer for DollarTree.com. Dollar Tree offers great deals on office supplies, party supplies and more.