Planning a party can be stressful for a lot of people. I’m no exception. I’m actually horrible at planning parties. I’m great at pinning party inspirations from Pinterest, but not party planning. I design party printables, but I do not give lots of parties.
So I’m not here to tell you how to host a stress-free Thanksgiving party because honestly I have hosted a Thanksgiving dinner once. Luckily for me, we used live close to my parents and mom is a great cook so Thanksgiving was always at her house.
I’m hoping for the same this year even though we moved to a different State.
From all the Thanksgiving pasts at my mom’s house, here are some of the things I’ve learned on how to host a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner.
Always plan ahead even if it’s just a day before Thanksgiving!
If you’re really into planning and writing everything down, use these checklist and party planners.
3. Get this Thanksgiving planner with 11 pages to plan your perfect Thanksgiving and even Black Friday. Designed by Alison of Pint Sized Treasures.
You don’t have to make the traditional Thanksgiving food if you don’t like it.
If you hate mashed potatoes then don’t make mashed potatoes. Fearful someone will leave your party cause you don’t have mashed potatoes? Oh well, more food for you. Just kidding. You can always ask that person to make their version of mashed potatoes. Maybe you might actually like it.
My mom always make traditional Thanksgiving food because my cousins who came from Vietnam love her Thanksgiving feast. However, she also makes Vietnamese food like egg rolls, lo mein, or shrimp salad. She also bought some Russian food cause she lives in a Russian neighborhood.
You don’t need to make everything from scratch!
Are there anything on your menu that you can just buy and then semi-make it? For example, if you’re making pumpkin pie, you can buy pie crust instead of making it. My mom actually buys dumplings and Kale salad from a Russian store. Nobody cares that she didn’t make them herself.
Have family and friends pitch in for food!
You don’t have to be the only person making food for Thanksgiving dinner. Do a potluck Thanksgiving dinner, where everyone bring a dish. You just have to assign everyone a food category so you don’t have double. Potluck is always fun because you can sample how your family and friends make different version of the same food.
You can also have everyone attached a recipe to their dishes. This way people can just snap a picture of them to make at home.
Remember it’s about family and friends, not spending half of Thanksgiving day in the kitchen.
Plan your party ahead of time. Decide what you will need to buy and when to buy them.
Assign guests food to make or buy.
You can make whatever food you want for Thanksgiving.
Lastly, have fun with some silly games and lively conversations.
The first birthday is a very special time for you as it’s the first official celebration of your baby growing up. It’s a time to celebration all the joy of watching your baby go from doing nothing to tearing down your house.
It’s also the first time that mom gets to really demonstrate her decorating and baking skills. If you’re not so great at decorating, the one easy thing you can do is buy cute decorations to make the celebration beautiful and special. You don’t have to tell anyone that you didn’t make it yourself.
The one decoration that I feel is a must have for first birthday celebration is the high chair banner. It’s probably one of 2 times that you can have your kid sit still to eat the birthday cake. After 2, it gets a little bit tricky.
Here are 28 beautiful high chair banners for your little pumpkins first birthday celebration!
You’ll find that I’ve included several high chair banners from one shop. The reason is all these shops have so many different theme banners and they are all gorgeous!!! So while you’re clicking through my link, be sure to check out the rest of the shop. Some shops offer matching party hats and other party supplies!
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For the little bear in your life:
This high chair banner by FunstaCraft is just so cute with the three layer teddy bear in gold and pink.
Want to really celebrate your little girl’s first birthday party? This tutu high chair banner by Avery Mae Inspirations will do it.
4. Stick them on cupcake toppers and happy eating!
These cupcake toppers were made to match this cute unicorn party invitation!
Totally in love with all the colors in this unicorn party invitation. You can use Picmonkey to fill in the details or just write all the info by hand. I personally love a handwritten invitation. Unless of course, you have 100 guess, then NO WAY, Jose!
Are you looking for some awesome donut themed party ideas?
Here are 10 donut themed party ideas you can try at your next party. After looking at these you might want every party to be a donut themed party!!!
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1. The donut wall display
What a great way to go vertical with your food display! Put your donuts on pegboards against the wall or stack them up for a wonderful donut display. You can buy donuts to fit your theme color and make it a photo backdrop. You’ll be Instagram worthy!
Healthy and Donuts don’t really go together. However, you can make one with less calories and sweetness. Try this recipe from Brit + Co. Not the healthiest,but better than your regular donuts. After reading the article, you might want to get a cute little donut maker like this one or this.
The all important invitation is the first sign letting your guests know what to expect from the party. Make sure it’s FUN, like this pastel color invitation from Tiny Mint Shop. Check out some other cute donut themed party invitations here.
To thank everyone for coming, donut you want to give them something? Donut let your guests leave without a little treat. Treats always taste better if packaged beautifully, like this party favor bag from With Love and Confetti.
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