You’ve invited everyone to celebrate the holidays with you in your new home … a wonderful time with family and friends, good company, great food, celebrating old traditions and creating new ones! The first holiday gathering in your new home celebrates more than the season, it celebrates the start of special memories in a new place.
Holiday traditions can create some of the best memories for years to come. We can all think back to our childhoods and remember certain foods, dishes, games, or ways to give thanks. We grasp onto the wonderful memories and may try to forget the ones involving sketchy green Jell-O with mayonnaise in it. You may continue some of those same traditions in your home, or decide they are not really your style and search for new traditions to start with your own family.
To mark your first event in your new home, consider these ideas:
Ideas to Encourage Fun in your Home
- Plan a special breakfast to eat every Thanksgiving morning while watching the parade on television.
- Bring out special decorations and dishes to make the day unique.
- Start a special way for your family to express what they are thankful for.
- Perhaps your family could find a service project to participate in to give back to the community, or open your home to those without family in the area.
- Choose a game or activity that everyone participates in after the meal.
Most likely, you’ve spent your decorating budget on long-term furnishings for your new place.
- To add a little holiday flair, create a centerpiece of beeswax candles, gourds, mini pumpkins and dried leaves.
- Or place some bare branches in a vase. Have everyone write something they’re thankful for on a paper leaf and tie it to the tree. As you gather for the meal, let everyone choose a leaf to read.
- A floral basket with late blooms from your new backyard blend nicely with branches of dried berries and white pumpkins.
For more simple and beautiful centerpiece ideas, check out these great options or search on “thanksgiving decorations” on Pinterest to see what others are doing.
Realize, too, that your new home may be décor enough since many friends and family will be seeing it for the first time.
Whether your plans include an elaborate spread or simpler fare, everyone loves to get involved. So, let Great Aunt Lydia bring her famous fruit salad, and let the kids make the green bean casserole. Part of the fun is in the doing and the best memories include both the old traditions and the new.
Speaking of new … try a simple new recipe like Sweet and White Mashed Potato Swirl, or an easy make-ahead fresh cranberry Jello salad or a cranberry mimosa. Simplify the day by making some of your meal in a slow-cooker. If you’re adventuresome, try a Cajun-style deep-fried turkey.
Looking for more recipes to make your feast unique? Here are some of the Kittleman team’s holiday favorite recipes.
The best advice?
Enjoy the time with family and friends. Don’t make your menu so complex that all your attention is on the meal preparations instead of your guests. Consider ways to minimize the mess, such as foil pans, paper plates, etc. — and simplify the cleanup. You don’t want to miss out on family tag football in your new backyard because you had dishes to do and pots to scrub.
Need a new home for the next holiday?
If you’re not yet in your new home, we can help you find one for the next holiday. Give us a call … we might even help you find a Black Friday special over the holiday weekend and get you well on your way to celebrating the next holidays in your new place.