Tips for Hosting Family Holidays for the First Time

Hosting your extended family for a holiday is a rite of passage for emerging adults. Our guide will show you how to face the challenge and succeed.
Tips for Hosting Family Holidays for the First Time

Nothing makes you feel more like an adult than moving into your first house. Now, you have the space to entertain others. Of course, that feeling of adulthood may go right out the window the second your dad asks you to host Mother’s Day brunch for all the ladies in your extended family or your mom asks you to handle the big Fourth of July cookout.

But as intimidating as it can be, it’s far from impossible to pull off a fun and sophisticated get-together. Our tips for hosting family holidays for the first time will show you how.

Buff up Your Public Spaces

If you know that your house will host a party in May, then it might be a good idea to start evaluating the areas of the house your guests will see. Think about choosing a new color for your dining room. And remember to have fresh towels and placemats in the bathroom and clean linens for guest bedrooms, too.

Get Family’s Take On the Menu

Just because you’re the one hosting doesn’t mean the burden of the food has to fall entirely on your shoulders. In fact, it’s a good idea to consult your family for their opinions and preferences on dinner. For example, if someone in the family is allergic to gluten, you’ll want to know that early to make sure you provide alternatives.

Pro Tip

If you’re really nervous about cooking enough food for everyone, declare the event a potluck. If everyone brings a dish, there’ll be enough food for everyone.

Check for Serving Materials Early

While worrying about food and the state of the house, you may forget about plates, flatware, and cooking materials. But if you’re planning on bringing out the good china for Christmas dinner, you’ll want to make sure you know where the china is and how much you need. That way, if there aren’t enough plates for everyone, you can procure extras.

Make a Cooking Schedule

Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce all require different cooking times and kitchen tools. If you don’t want to find yourself out of stove burners or even time to cook a dish, take the time to write down every dish you want to cook well in advance. If you have this plan in hand, Thanksgiving morning will go much smoother.

Learning how to host your first family holiday is something of a rite of passage for all emerging adults. But with enough preparation, you can face the challenge and have a happy holiday.


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