Your Guide to Entertaining

Playing holiday host can often be more stressful than cooking the meal. But you can pull off a successful Thanksgiving

Playing holiday host can often be more stressful than cooking the meal. But you can pull off a successful Thanksgiving celebration if you keep in mind the following:

1. Plan ahead. Follow the checklist in our Thanksgiving Checklist to ensure you have everything you need, from tableware to turkey.

2. Details make a difference. From choosing your tablecloth to the placement of the dessert spoon, learn how to make your table sparkle in Setting the Table. Then read Thanksgiving Tips for Hosts and Guests for little things you can do to help guests, or your host, feel comfortable and enjoy the holiday.

3. Don’t forget that the little ones need their own age-appropriate activities to feel part of this festive fun. So we’ve put together a list of activities perfect for before or after the main event (we mean dinner, of course!) to ensure that everyone has a great holiday. Entertaining the Kids on Turkey Day

4. Always look on the bright side. Or the lighter side, as Andrew Boorstyn does with his advice for When Holiday Guests Won’t Leave.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest