Orchestrating a Thanksgiving meal can be a daunting task for anyone, but the stakes are raised when you think about hosting in a space challenged apartment. We’ve comprised a list of ways to ease the stress in even the humblest of abodes! Hosting thanksgiving dinner in your home is possible; you just have to get creative!
Space Plan for your Menu:
When creating your feast menu think about the stove, fridge and oven space. Your turkey is sure to command the oven for hours right before your meal, so you may want to pick dishes that can be made ahead of time and reheated before serving. You may also consider adding dishes that can be made on the stove top or in a crock pot like roasted vegetables or a butternut squash soup. Pro points for serving room temperature sides such as a salad or cranberry relish.
Ask for Help:
There’s no shame in asking for a hand and having your guests contribute to a meal. Have everyone play on their strengths and ask what they would be comfortable with bringing. Build the rest of your menu based on their chosen dishes. Not only does this relieve some stress for you but your guests will get to show off as well! If you choose to go this route, ask your guests to nail down a specific dish so that all bases are covered.
Red Wine for the Win:
Serve red wine! You won’t have to take up precious refrigerator space if you choose to serve red wine as opposed to white. Unlike white wine, red wine can be stored on the counter, on top of the fridge or right on the table (perfect for easy access during dinner.)
The Seating Situation:
If you have a dining table and seating where you can accommodate all your guests, that’s great! But don’t sweat it if you don’t. The couch is a comfy place to relax, eat a meal and have good conversation. After all, it’s about the being together!
Who Doesn’t Love a Buffet?!:
Turn your counter space into a holiday spread! This will free up a lot of major table real-estate.
Take time to enjoy yourself! Your guests aren’t going to have fun if you’re stressing about the Turkey. Put your feet up, have a glass of wine and enjoy your guests company- even if you burned the green bean casserole.
Still stressed? It’ s the time to be thankful. Your dinner guests will be so thankful, even if your dinner plans are flawed. Remember the company of your loved ones is the most important part of the event.
Written by Ashley Rivera