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How to Plan a Formal Thanksgiving Party

Have you recently made the decision to host a formal Thanksgiving party?  If so, have you started planning and preparing for your party?  If not, it may be time to get started. As you likely already know, all parties, regardless of their type, require some planning and preparation, but formal parties often require more planning and preparation.

One of the many things that you will need to do, when it comes to planning a formal Thanksgiving party, is invite your party guests. Since your party will be formal in nature, it may be a good idea to send out formal party invitations.  These invitations should clearly state the fact that your party is intended to be a formal party. If you wish for your guests to arrive in formal or elegant eveningwear, it is advised that you state so on your invitations.  Since your guests may need to purchase additional clothing, just to attend your party, it is advised that you send out your invitations in advance, a month in advance is an appropriate amount of time.

In addition to invitations, you will also need to decide, ahead of time, which food or drinks you will be serving at your formal Thanksgiving party. In addition to just having on hand snacks, you may also wish to prepare a formal Thanksgiving dinner.  A Thanksgiving dinner is ideal for formal Thanksgiving parties.  Before your party, at least a few weeks before, it is advised that you sit down and prepare a list of foods, snacks, or drinks that you would like served.  It may also be a good idea to start buying these items, especially if you are lucky enough to find them on sale.

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Entertainment is also something that you need to plan and prepare for.  No party is complete without entertainment.  Having light music playing in the background or an area set up as a dance floor is a great way for your guests to socialize during your party.  Elegant music, elegant clothing, and an elegant party setting is the perfect way for you and your party guests to spend your evening celebrating Thanksgiving. At your liking, you can easily incorporate additional forms of entertainment into your formal Thanksgiving party.

While elegant eveningwear is enough to set a formal Thanksgiving party apart from a casual one, you may be looking for more. That is why it is also advised that you plan, as well as purchase your holiday party decorations in advance.  Online or in your local retail stores, you should easily be able to find a collection of elegant Thanksgiving party decorations, including centerpieces, placemats, candles, and more.  If you make the decision to purchase your Thanksgiving party decorations locally, it is advised that you get decorations as soon as you see them available for sale.  A large number of retail stores are limited on the decorations that they carry; therefore, you will want to make sure that you get yours before they are all gone.

As previously mentioned, not only are you advised to start planning your Thanksgiving party early, but you are also advised to start preparing for it early, as with buying your Thanksgiving party decorations.  In addition to buying your party supplies early, you may also want to prepare your home for your formal Thanksgiving party. When attending any party, guests expect the party host’s home to be clean and inviting.  With a formal party, your guests will likely expect more. That is why it is advised that you start cleaning and preparing your home weeks or, at the least, in the days before your party is set to take place. Of course, there are some tasks that you may not want to start until right before your party, but it is wise to get a jump start on all of your cleaning.

When it comes to planning a formal Thanksgiving party, as you can easily see, there is a lot of hard work, preparation, and planning that is involved. Despite all of the work, the end result, a successful elegant Thanksgiving party, is almost always worth it.

How to Invite Your Guests to Your Thanksgiving Party

Around the holidays, a large number of individuals make the decision to host a holiday party.  Are you looking to be one of those individuals? If so, there is a good chance that you may be interested in planning a Thanksgiving party. If you want to plan a Thanksgiving party, have you started planning yet?  If not, it may be time to get started. You will find that the sooner you get your party planning started, the sooner you can start to invite your guest.

Speaking of your Thanksgiving party guests, have you decided on a way to invite them yet?  When it comes to inviting your party guests, you will find that you have a number of different options.  In fact, you have so many options that you may be wondering which invite method you should use. When it comes to inviting guests to your Thanksgiving party, while you might not necessarily think so, how choose to invite your guest may reflect on yourself, as well as your party.  Perhaps, the best way to decide is to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each.

1. Official Invitations

When it comes to inviting guests to any party, including a Thanksgiving party, many party hosts use official invitations.  When it comes to sending out formal invitations, you can either make your own, often right on your computer, or you can buy a package of invitations from your local party supply store or department store. Formal invitations are a great way to keep track of your invites and they are, almost always, preferred by guests. It is hard to explain, but there is just something about receiving a party invite in the mail.  Really, the only downside to formal Thanksgiving party invitations is that they cost money; however, you can purchase low-cost invitations or, as previously mentioned, make your own.

2. Personal Note (aka Unofficial Invitation)

As previously mentioned, many party guests enjoy receiving invitations in the mail.  If you would like to send a personal invite, but you do not want to spend the money on invitations or make your own, you can send quick note.  Simply by writing down the date, time, and location of your Thanksgiving party is a great way to send an invite to one or all of your party guests. Although invitation may be nice, sending a personal, handwritten note is a cheap way to send a personal invite.  It may also be a good idea to send a quick message along with that note. Simply asking a friend or relative how their life is going is a great way to turn a simple handwritten invitation into so much more.

As much as guests like getting something in the mail, you might not have the time or the money to do so.  Luckily, you still have a number of different options. If you wish, you could call each of your party guests and personally invite them to your party. What is nice about this method of inviting your guests is that it is extremely personal, even more personally than sending something in the mail.  The only downside, to inviting your Thanksgiving party guests with a phone call, is that it may be time consuming.

3. Email

If you are looking for an easy, convenient, and free way to invite all of your guests to your Thanksgiving party, you may want to give email some thought.  If you know the email address of all of your party guests, you could easily send one large email to everyone. You will want to be sure and include everything that a regular invitation would include, such as the date, time, and location of your party. In addition to a traditional email, you may also be able to find free, online invitations.  These invitations would be a great personal touch to your email party invitations.

In Conclusion

Honestly, it doesn’t really matter how you invite your guests, as long as you do extend them an invitation. Your Thanksgiving party would be nothing without your guests, so make sure you get those invitations out, particularly in advance.

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Making the Most Out of Your Thanksgiving Party in 4 Steps

Are you hosting a Thanksgiving party this year?  If so, have you thought about making sure that you enjoy yourself?  Unfortunately, when it comes to hosting a party, such as a Thanksgiving party, there are many party hosts who tend to worry more about their guests than themselves. While it is always important to make sure that your guests are having fun and enjoying themselves, what good is a party if you can’t enjoy it yourself?

When it comes to making the most out of your Thanksgiving party, there are a number of steps that you can take to make sure that you, as well as your guests, enjoy the party.

1. Early Planning

Perhaps, the easiest way to do this is to start planning and preparing for your party early. Early preparation has been known to help make sure that everything is in order before your party gets underway; thus likely greatly reducing or eliminating the stress associated with planning a party.  By examining all of your supplies ahead of time, you should be able to notice, ahead of time, whether or not something is missing.  This means that you will not have to be worried about running out for extra supplies just as your party is starting to get underway.

2. Early Food Preparation

If you are planning on incorporating a Thanksgiving dinner into your Thanksgiving party, it may be a good idea to start your cooking the day before. Of course, there will likely be some items on your menu, such as the Turkey, that you will want to cook the day of your party, but there are other items that you could easily prepare and store in your refrigerator.  Limiting the number of tasks that you have to do, during your party or the day of it, will likely make it easier for you to enjoy yourself.

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3. Don’t Be To Shy To Ask For Help

In addition to starting your cooking early, it may also be a good idea to ask your guests to help you. While many party hosts do not like to do this, many feel that they are intruding, it is quite normal. Each year, a large number of party hosts, in fact many, ask for assistance from their guests.  You will also find that many of your family members or close friends would be more than willing to help you with your Thanksgiving party. Whether they come to your home and help you cook and hang party decorations or just bring a side dish that they prepared at home, you will likely benefit from the help. The more help that you receive, the less stressed you are likely to be and the less stress you have, the more you should be able to enjoy your party.

4. RSVP aka “Are You Coming?”

When you invite guests to you Thanksgiving party, it may be a good idea to ask them to either confirm or deny their invite. This will, without a doubt, make it easier for you to plan and enjoy your Thanksgiving party. By knowing how many guests should attend, you should be able to get everything prepared early and on time. Of course, you will always want to prepare for a few extra guests, but by asking your guests to confirm their presence, your Thanksgiving party should be a lot easier to plan and enjoy.

In Conclusion:

As you can see, there are a number of different steps that you can take to make planning and hosting a Thanksgiving party easy and stress free. As previously mentioned, the less stress you have, the more likely you are to enjoy yourself.  Whether you ask for assistance from friends or start your preparations early, you should be able to enjoy yourself at your own Thanksgiving party.