Right now you might be wondering why you volunteered to host the annual Thanksgiving feast with family and friends at YOUR house. What if the ham isn’t cooked long enough? What if my centerpiece is not festive enough? How do I fold my napkins into cute little turkeys? There’s so much to be done and so little time!

Before you wave that white flag, we are ready to swoop in and help you save the day. There is no need to stress over this festive holiday. You can actually ENJOY it. Who knew, right? We are going to provide you with some helpful tips to eliminate the stress and give you even more to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.

Plan Ahead

There is no need to save everything for the day of the big event. Thanksgiving is an easy holiday where you can prepare pieces of the party ahead of time. For instance, set your table the night before. Lay out the plates, silverware, adorable autumn-themed napkins, and gorgeous centerpiece prior to Thanksgiving morning. This will allow you more time on the day of to spend time in the kitchen perfecting that apple pie recipe or adding extra touches to the dining room.

Ask for Help

You are not in this alone. And you definitely don’t need to take on the task of preparing the entire Thanksgiving meal all by yourself. Make a list of what dishes you feel like you can tackle and divvy out the rest to your guests. People love to feel included and like they have contributed something, so if you don’t like making green bean casserole – someone else might consider it their specialty! Put those delegation skills to the test, and divide and conquer this Thanksgiving!

DIY Everything

There is no need to hit the aisles and spend all of your holiday savings before Christmas even gets here! Don’t have an autumn wreath? Need to add a little fall flare to your mantel? Do it yourself! Special shout out to Pinterest for making these DIY projects so simpler and fun. There are a number of cute creations you can find online that are not time-consuming and will perfectly match the autumn decorations for your Thanksgiving party. Welcome your guests at the front door with a homemade wreath made out of pinecones, berries, and hydrangeas. Align your mantle with an array of baby pumpkins or fill a basket with piles of gourds, leaves, and corn for a lovely centerpiece. Get crafty this Thanksgiving and turn your home into a real life Pinterest party! Need some inspiration? Take a look at our favorite ideas from our Pinterest!

Don’t Forget to Have Fun!

Once the house is delightfully decorated, the table settings are set, and the turkey is pulled out of the oven, it’s time to relax and have fun! Just because you are the host of this party doesn’t mean that you don’t get to enjoy it too. Remember the reason for this holiday season. Gather around the table, give thanks for those who are with you, and dig in! One of the best parts of having a home is hosting dinner parties and events for your friends and family. With some prepping and planning, make your house feel like home to your guests this holiday season!