The Most Important Secret to a Successful Thanksgiving
November 22, 2016
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The table is set, the turkey is primed for perfection. The flatware is polished and you even pulled out the fancy towels for the bathroom. You've planned everything to a T and nothing could go wrong. WRONG. Take it from me, the best food on the planet can't save a party dying from lackluster conversation and a well planned ambiance. So, before you answer that front door, read up on how you can take care to nail the food AND the fun. #winningthanksgiving
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Before you ever have guests over, even if they are related to you, brush up on the little tidbits that are important to them right now. Graze over social media posts, chat with family members and generally get a lay of the land for each guest.
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The die hards really mix up the seating charts so that guests can meet new people, discover new ideas and get a good old fashioned conversation going. Chances are however, at Thanksgiving, everyone sort of knows each other already. So be mindful to seat people together that get along, that can laugh together, that will help timid guests to let lose. Be thoughtful and mindful and unless you have a huge crowd, don't skip the place cards!
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Stuffy music and high heels means your guests will NEVER relax. Kick off your shoes, play some fun tunes, put a football game on silent in the background, invite guests to grab their own drink and oh...don't forget about that job we talked about one slide back. Casual = fun = happy guests.
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