Thanksgiving celebrations are usually centered around a table of wonderful food. There are always the traditional Thanksgiving dishes present and they are usually enjoyed by most of your guests. There are some guests, such as children, that may not list favorite Thanksgiving dishes on their best liked food list. For these guests, it is always wise to have some not so traditional items on your table. Along with the pumpkin and pecan pie, have a cherry, apple or chocolate pie available for your guests. Brownies also go over well, with children. Some Jell-O served beside your ambrosia dish is a good choice to add to the menu.
Have ice cream and whipped cream available for use over pies and with cakes. That adds a touch of sweet creativeness to your meal. Have some hot chocolate, ginger ale and bottled water ready to serve as alternatives for tea or coke. Some hot apple cider served can be an unique and crowd pleasing experience. With the traditional turkey or ham, have some baked chicken available, also. Sausage balls are great to serve at holiday gatherings. Along with the dressing, serve some plain white rice and baked potatoes. You can also serve a tossed salad. For those who do not want to eat rich or high fat foods, have some low fat butter, sour cream and salad dressings available. Here is another great tip. I recommend having a bag of chipped ice on hand, so you do not run out. Guests can get quite thirsty.
Another great holiday tip is to dress your table up with a colorful Thanksgiving theme table cloth. Your food will look wonderful with this holiday presentation.
For extra entertainment, you can have some traditional holiday favorite movies on hand to show your guests. In another room, you can have some holiday music playing and let this area be a conversation room. If you have some trivia games or other board games, these can be enjoyed by your guests and their children. This will help everyone to have fun.
Always have some aspirin, Tylenol, indigestion medicine, band aids and rubbing alcohol on hand, for emergency needs.
Let your guests know, as they arrive, where your bathroom is located and where the trash area is, if they are not familiar with your house. That will make them more comfortable.
Always secure any animals or pets that may cause a problem for your guests.
Be sure to child proof your home, before the guests arrive. This means securing any medicines, weapons, sharp items, tools, gasoline, matches, lighters and cigarettes.
It is also a good idea to lock your vehicles and secure any keys you may have around.
These tips will ensure that you have a wonderful and safe holiday.