Thanksgiving has come, and now the holiday season is in full force! After you’ve recovered from Thanksgiving, here’s how you can make sure you’re all ready for the next round of festivities!
Think about what you will be hosting next. A cocktail party? A cozy holiday meal for immediate family? An open house for hordes of people? Preparing for each will involve different necessities and organization, so figure it out before anything else.
Take stock of your supplies. Once you know what kind of event you'll be preparing for, make a list of what you have or have to get. Do you have enough stemware? Do you need more plates/cups? Does the bar need to be replenished? Work with your party style or theme to get decorations and supplies that match. Festive drink garnishes for a fancy cocktail party, fun photo booth props or smores bar ingredients for family parties, etc.
Organize and take inventory. As you’re putting away platters, bowls, pitchers, vases and other pieces, take note of what is missing or broken. Also, pay attention to pieces lurking in the back of the cabinet. When was the last time you used them? Consider donating anything you haven’t used recently.
Clean everything. Give the kitchen a good scrubbing. Launder tablecloths, napkins and other linens. Better yet, drop them off at the dry cleaner.
Sort out the pantry, fridge & freezer. Once the guests and leftovers are gone, clean out the refrigerator and pantry. If you find canned or boxed food that hasn’t expired and won’t be used in the next few weeks, donate it to a food drive.
Restock. Think about what you’ll be cooking or baking for the holidays. Get your herbs, spices and staples organized, and make a list of things you need to replenish.
Check cookware and kitchen tools. While you’re planning your party menu, figure out what pots, pans and cooking tools you will need. If you need to pick up an extra cookie sheet, put it on the list.
Go shopping. In addition to cookware and kitchen staples, look for basic white dishes, wineglasses and nice flatware.
Prep for overnight guests. Clean up the guest room, wash the bedding and towels.
The next round of holiday festivities will be even better than the last with these helpful tips to prepare! So get your post-Thanksgiving game plan ready, and start enjoying the holidays with your loved ones!