You may have seen us on Instagram this week decorating for Christmas (We are so excited to share APIARY’s holiday decor with you shortly!), but in our real, every-day lives we’re getting ready for Thanksgiving.
We know. This feels early; it isn’t even Halloween yet! But preparation and advance planning for hosting big holidays like Thanksgiving goes such a long way when it comes to celebrating with intention and enjoying the loved ones you’ve welcomed into your home. Not to mention making big tasks much more manageable. By taking on a few tasks every week, we’ve found the process also has an unanticipated and magical benefit: we’re looking forward to this season with a steady thoughtfulness and small tasks suddenly become acts of love.
Our wish for you
This Thanksgiving, as you set your table and plan your menu, we encourage you to consider the experiences you want to create in your home. We hope you feel inspired to set aside deceptive notions that hosting equates to made-from-scratch meals and a spotless house. We hope you feel empowered to leave behind false beliefs that you have to set the perfect tablescape and achieve perfection in every detail along the way.
Timing is everything
Navigating the timing of hosting your own Thanksgiving dinner can be a daunting task to even the most seasoned hosts. That’s why this year, we’ve created The Busy Bee’s Thanksgiving Checklist with email reminders arriving in your inbox just in time to help keep your planning on track. From when to order your turkey, to shopping for nonperishable vs perishable groceries, and planning your decor, our Thanksgiving Checklist emails can serve as a helpful guide.
Not only that, but Busy Bees signing up for the Thanksgiving Checklist will get 3 of our favorite downloads for free: Mimi’s Thanksgiving Guide, Nana’s Thanksgiving Guide, and printables for invitations and Grateful Cards. Our Thanksgiving Checklist emails are perfectly timed to compliment what you’ll read in the guides!
Preview our Thanksgiving Checklist
4 weeks before: Finalize the guest list
- First decide the style dinner you will serve this Thanksgiving and whether it will be sit-down or buffet style. Then determine how many people you can accommodate at your dining table (sit-down style) or throughout your home (buffet style). If you need additional seating, 6-foot folding tables and folding chairs make the perfect accommodations. To dress the tables, simply cover them with 132”x90” floor length table linens.
- Formal invitations are not necessary, however if you wish to send one, you can find printable invitations available for download. An email or phone call to your guests is sufficient. Be sure to ask about dietary preferences and restrictions and mark them on the GUEST LIST PLANNER (p. 48) in your Guide. If one of your guests is known for a special recipe, now is the perfect time to ask if they’d like to bring it.
To get the full Checklist, guides, and printables sign up here before October 26th–our first email goes out on October 27th!