What To Make For A Thanksgiving Potluck

It is fall. You can feel it with the changing of the temperature. You can also see it with all the seasonal products that are sold in stores whether it be flavors of coffee and pastries or displays and decors for the upcoming holidays. 

One of those anticipated holidays is Thanksgiving. It is the time wherein family and friends gather together to give their gratitude. And of course, with this gathering, there will be food (lots of it). There are people that host it and invite family and some of the friends. But there are also some that do not have the time to do all the cooking and the solution for that is to invite guests and have their own share.

If you are one that got an invite for this, here are tips on what you will bring:

1. Something Easy

One of the reasons why you might not host a Thanksgiving dinner yourself is because of busyness. Going to a potluck is a nice way for you to not be pressured and stressed in cooking yet still giving a share. With your busyness, you might want to do something easy. You can do some salads or other appetizers such as soup and finger food. There are also desserts that are easy to do. It does not also mean you will have to only bring food. You can also bring in drinks that are either pre-made or something you mix yourself.

2. Something Light

If you are not the one hosting the dinner, you might want to bring something that is not that heavy on the stomach. Because in this case, the host might be the one who gets to prepare the heavier ones or the main course unless you were requested for something. Also, another thing to keep in mind is that there will surely be a lot of food, so it would be nice to have something that will not make you and other guests not too full and can still try other food. 

If you will need to travel a long distance and also has a problem with transportation then another definition for something light is having something easy to carry. 

3. Something Seasonal

Because it is autumn, there are flavors and products that are available this season. Because of that, it will be a lot easier for you to get them and also to have ideas about what you will prepare. What is also great is that they can be desserts, appetizers, drinks, and even sides for the main course. The most popular would be pumpkins, and they have can be a soup or a pie. Another is apple which can be either for pie or you can come up with a drink with it. With this food available, you will not be stressed out in preparing.

4. Something Tasty

Of course, even with the variety of food available, you will need to have something that is delicious and memorable. With that, even in a small way, you will make an impact through their taste buds and stomach. 

How To Host A Dinner Party In A Small Apartment

A great way to spend time with friends or family is through food. You will be able to catch up and exchange stories really well with food as your company. That is why many would go out to restaurants or any other food places to eat and hangout. A great alternative would be doing it in a home. That way, it will be cheaper and also cozier than a public place.

It would be a hassle if your home is small and seems to have no space for it. But it can be possible, and here are some solutions you can do:

1. Rearrange the Furniture

One of the solutions is to make space for your guests. You can achieve this by rearranging your furniture. Keep in mind that this will be temporary, so do not worry about it much. The one thing you should think about is how will your guests fit in your room? You can repurpose some of your furniture. Some of your tables can serve as food tables. You can also move some of the furniture in other rooms for the meantime. You can also rearrange your seats on the side so that there will be more space and mobility.

2. Think About the Decor

Just because you do not have enough space does not mean you will not make your home look good. You are going to rearrange your furniture, why not take advantage of it? You can have a theme and can even use it as a reason to not use a table or even seats. Lights can also improve the mood of the party. You can have those mood lighting that will also help have their attention away from the lack of space.

3. Choose Food Wisely

Because of the lack of space, it would be better to have the food served in buffet-style. This way, you will not have problems with space for the dinner table. Your guests will also easily mingle this way. But of course, the food should be easily served and also easy to be eaten with minimal utensils. Finger foods are one of the best examples of this, so it is a must-have for the party. They are not only good as appetizers, but the main course can also be cut into parts too. Tacos and burgers are also examples that can be served and eaten easily. This is also the same for your drinks. Make sure to have something that is ready.

4. Just Relax

Hosting a party is really a hard job. But always remember your reason for throwing it in the first place, and that is to have fun. There might be imperfections such as food or drinks being not enough or some spillage, but do not worry about that. Instead, enjoy your time with your friends. Remember that it is all about making memories and catching up. And if you want your guests to enjoy, you should too and do not miss out because of the busyness.