Planning and Preparing for a Casual Thanksgiving Party

Have you recently made the decision to throw a Thanksgiving party?  If so, have you decided which type of party you would like to host?  If you are looking to host a Thanksgiving party, without having to give up a large amount of your time or money, there is a good chance that you may be interested in hosting a causal Thanksgiving party. Although a causal Thanksgiving party can save you time and money, it is still advised that you start planning and preparing for your party early.

1. Your guest list..

When it comes to planning and preparing for a causal Thanksgiving party, there are a number of important tasks that you must complete. One of those tasks, perhaps, the most important one is inviting your guests. Your Thanksgiving party will not be a party if you don’t have any guests. That is why it is important that you extend an invite to whoever you wish to have at your party.  Since your Thanksgiving party will be casual in nature, you may prefer to give casual invites.  In addition to traditional party invitations, you may prefer calling your guests directly or sending them a quick email.

2. RSVP?
When inviting guests to your Thanksgiving party, it may be a good idea to ask them to either confirm or deny their reservations. Having an exact number of intended party guests, or at least an estimated number, will help make your party planning easier.  It will enable you to make sure that you have enough food or party favors to go around.  An estimated number of guests may also help you save, even more, money.  Of course, you will still want to be prepared for unexpected arrivals, just in case.

3. Snacks and drinks…
As previously mentioned, having an accurate guest count will help make it easier for you to purchase food for your party. Since you will be having only a causal Thanksgiving party, you may not want to cook a large Thanksgiving dinner.  If that is the case, a small number of snacks and drinks may do.  Before your party is set to take place or you begin shopping for it, it may be a good idea to develop yourself a food and snack list.  You should list all of the foods or drinks that you would like to have at your party. Making a list will help to ensure that you get everything that you needed or wanted to have.

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4. Games, anyone?
It is also advised that you consider what forms of entertainment, if any, you plan on having at your causal Thanksgiving party. The thing about casual parties is that most guests arrive expecting to have a good time.  While this may put more pressure on you to plan an amazing, fun filled party, there are a number of advantages to this. One of those advantages is the fact that you have a wide variety of different entertainment forms to choose from. Popular entertainment, for casual parties, tends to include music, dancing, as well as party games.

5. Clean up your house…
Even when attending a casual party, such as a casual Thanksgiving party, guests expect to arrive at a clean house.  For that reason, you will want to make sure that your home is as clean as it could possibly be.  You may want to leave vacuuming and other similar task to the last minute, but there are other cleaning tasks that you may want to take care of ahead of time.  One of those tasks may include cleaning up the outside of your home. You will want to make sure that entranceway to your home, both inside and out, is free of clutter or unwanted debris.  The first step in pleasing your party guests to welcome them into a clean and inviting home.

In conclusion

Although it is much easier, in most cases, to plan a causal Thanksgiving party, it is still necessary to plan and prepare for your party ahead of time. By keeping the above mentioned planning and preparation tips in mind, your next Thanksgiving party should go off without a hitch.

Planning an Adult Only Thanksgiving Party – 4 Important Steps

Have you recently made the decision to host a Thanksgiving party?  If so, have you decided on which type of party you would like to have?  If you are looking for a nice way to celebrate Thanksgiving with other adults, namely your friends, you may be interested in hosting an adult only Thanksgiving party. An adult only Thanksgiving party may not only be a little bit easier for you to plan, but it is a party that your guests will likely enjoy attending.

When it comes to planning an adult only Thanksgiving party, as previously mentioned, the planning is a little bit easier than the planning associated with a children’s party or a party that is for individuals of all ages.  Despite the fact that it may be easier to plan an adult only Thanksgiving party, you will still find that there is a fairly large amount of planning and preparation that is needed. In most cases, you will find that the sooner you start planning your adult only Thanksgiving party, the sooner you can start to enjoy yourself.
Step 1: Who’s going to be there?

As with all other parties, including Thanksgiving parties, it is important that you invite your guests. In fact, before you start planning the rest of your Thanksgiving party, it is advised that you invite your guests first. Thanksgiving, as well as the rest of the holiday season, is a busy time.  You will want to give your guests their invites early, preferably at least a month in advance. An early invite will help to ensure that your guests do not make other plans for that day or evening.  It is also advised that you inform your guests, on their invitation, of your party status.  Unless your Thanksgiving party guests know that your party has an adult only theme, they may bring their children along with them.

Step 2: Pick your food and (potential) drink
After you have started inviting your guests, or at least made a guest list, you can begin to start planning and preparing for the rest of your Thanksgiving party. One of the first things that you will want to do is decide what type of food, drinks, or snacks that you want to serve. Since you are having an adult only party, it may be a good idea to have alcoholic beverages on hand.  It is not required that you serve alcohol at your Thanksgiving party, but you will likely find that most of your guests expect you to.  In addition to whether or not you want to serve alcohol at your party, you will also need to decide whether or not you want your party to include dinner.  If not, a wide array of snacks should be more than enough.

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Step 3: What games will they play?

Although we often associate party games with children, there are many adults who enjoy playing party games.  Party games are a great source of entertainment for any party, including an adults’ only party.  Online, you should easily be able to find a number of adult themed party games.  You can find these ideas with a standard internet search.  In addition to using the internet, you can also find a collection of party games at many of your local retail stores.  While these games will likely not have a focus on Thanksgiving, you and your party guests may still enjoy playing them.

Step 4: Location, location, location…

It may also be a good idea to decide where, in your home, your Thanksgiving party will take place.  Many party hosts have their parties in more than one room, but the decision is completely yours to make. Many Thanksgiving parties take place in the kitchen, dinning room, family room, den, or living room.  In addition to preparing your rooms for your party, by cleaning them, you can also decide how you would like them decorated.  Any party, including a Thanksgiving party, isn’t complete without a little bit of festive spirit; spirit that Thanksgiving party decorations generate.

In conclusion:
As you can see, there is still a fairly large amount of planning that goes into hosting an adult only Thanksgiving party. Despite all of the planning and preparation that is needed, you will likely be pleased with your decision to host a party for your family, friends, and anyone else who you choose to invite.

Planning a Kids’ Only Thanksgiving Party in 3 Easy Steps

Have you decided that you would like to host a Thanksgiving party this year?  If so, what type of Thanksgiving party do you plan on having?  If you are a parent, there is a good chance that your Thanksgiving party may be designed for children and children alone. These types of Thanksgiving parties are often referred to as kids’ only Thanksgiving parties.

Although you might assume that it is relatively easy to host a kids’ only Thanksgiving party, you may soon realize that it isn’t as easy as you may think. The reason for that, most of the time, is that kids are often more difficult to please, when compared to adults. For that reason, there is a fairly large amount of planning and preparation that may need to go into your next Thanksgiving party.

1. Invite the kids

Perhaps, the first thing that you should do, when planning a kids’ only Thanksgiving party, is invite the guests. Depending on the age of your own child or children, this may be a little bit difficult.  Some young children and teenagers may be able to invite their own party guests, but others may be unable to. Whether your child is a toddler or a little bit older, if may be a good idea if you create a Thanksgiving party guest list all on your own.  When doing so, it is advised that you invite children that are around the same age as your own. It may be a good idea to invite other children that are in your child’s class, attend the same daycare, live in the same neighborhood, or are related to your child.

2. Pick the right foods

Once you have taken care of the party invites, you may want to change your focus a little bit.  You will want to start focusing on the actual party.  One of the many things that you may want to plan out is the food, snacks, and drinks that you will have available.  In most cases, you will find that you do not need to go all out and cook a Thanksgiving dinner for a kids’ only party; snacks would be more than enough.  However, as a parent, you likely already know that kids can be picky when it comes to their food. That is why you are advised to have a wide array of snacks and drinks on hand.  You will not only want to make sure that, at least, some of your foods are healthy, but also that they are kid friendly.

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3. Gotta have the games

Whether it is a Thanksgiving party, a Christmas party, or a birthday party, kids’ parties are nothing without games. That is why you will want to pick out party games for everyone to play.  Since you will be hosting a Thanksgiving party for kids, you may want to choose holiday games to play; however, it is not necessary. You can easily find a number of holiday party game ideas online, with a standard internet search. In addition to the internet, you should also be able to purchase a number of fun, kid friendly party games online or from your local department store.  While it is fun to have your party games all planned out and ready to go, be sure to leave room for suggestions. Depending on the age of your party guests, there is a good chance that they may want to play other games or offer their own suggestions.

In conclusion

When planning a kids’ only Thanksgiving party, it is important to remember one thing; kids may not be your only guests. As a parent, you likely know how some parents, maybe even you, just don’t want to part with their children, even for a few hours.  That is why there is a good chance that some of your party guests’ parents may wish to stay.  If this is the case, you should let them.  In addition to receiving assistance with your kids’ only Thanksgiving party, there is a good chance that you may enjoy the extra company. If other parents will be staying with their kids, it is advised that you also have a few adult snacks on hand.   

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