With the holidays right around the corner, we at Highclere would like to take a moment to think about what we were thankful for this year – YOU! What is Thanksgiving if not a perfect time to get together with your family and friends to enjoy some sweet delicacies? If you’ve grown in a large family you’re probably accustomed to having a lot of people around your dinner table and your mother cooking the whole week before Thanksgiving to accommodate everybody’s wishes. And that was so nice! If now’s your turn to play host, the only difference being that you’re a little tight on space, here are a few tips to get you through the holiday feast in style.
Prepare the guest list. The number of guests, preferably no more than ten if you’re living in an apartment, will dictate the seating options, the type and quantity of food and the drinks that will make up the menu.
Do ahead. Pulling off a successful holiday dinner is hard enough even without the space issue. That’s why planning is crucial. Do as many chores as you can the week before the big event (cleaning, shopping, decorating) and plan a mostly make ahead menu with few items that need last minute touches so that you can actually enjoy your own dinner party.
Delegate cooking chores. If you’re not a fan of holiday takeout but still don’t have the time or the culinary skills to do it all, you can ask your guests to contribute. Having each guest bring just one dish can make a huge difference; it will go easy on your pocket, and keep your sanity intact.
Presentation is everything. Want to impress a picky mother-in-law? Throw in your best china, bring in some nice holiday décor like themed napkins, glittering candles, beautiful flower arrangements or other decorations you can do yourself.
Guests are the real stars of the evening, not your food. Trying to impress may sometimes translate into burnt birds and delayed dinners, especially for beginner hosts, so better keep it simple. If your dining room is not big enough for a large party, you could serve Thanksgiving dinner buffet style.
And most importantly, don’t forget to have fun and be thankful for everything and everyone you have in your life!
We would like to remind you that our office hours will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd through Sunday November 25th and we will open again on Monday, November 26th at 8am. Thank you for understanding! If you have any questions, please feel free to drop by or call the office during our normal hours of operation. We wish you a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!!