Halloween is officially over, November is underway and Thanksgiving is right around the corner! While it might feel like you just recovered from last year’s feast, Thanksgiving waits for no one, and if you’re planning on hosting this year, you’ve got to start thinking about how you’re going to organize your feast!
If you’re like most Portlanders, you probably don’t have infinite space in which to host your dream version of Thanksgiving Dinner. But, that’s not to say you still can’t host! You’ve just got to be smart about it. For instance, have you thought about how to maximize space and time within your apartment? We sure have! Osprey Apartments is ready with some Thanksgiving Tips that’ll allow you to work smarter, not harder this year.
1. Rearrange, Clean, Rearrange!
Each of our Thanksgiving tips are focused around the host’s main feat of creating a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone at dinner. No matter the size of your apartment, you can generate a significant amount of space by clearing out unnecessary clutter, rearranging belongings, and repurposing rooms. There’s little doubt that you’ll need as much room and seating as you can muster to accommodate your favorite people, the food, the coats, and everything else.
- Turn your bedroom into a storage area and fill it with items that are not immediately necessary for dinner, such as books, bikes, coats – anything you don’t need to keep readily available.
- Create as much space in the center of your living room as you can. Push the couch and other furniture up against the walls and move the dining table into the center of your living room. This will improve flow, and you can place any extra chairs you have in the newly cleared dining room to increase the amount of social space available. We also offer additional storage space as well as bike storage at Osprey Apartments.
2. De-Clutter the Kitchen, Refrigerator, and Counters
This Thanksgiving tip is one of the most obvious, but it’s one of the most important. As you know, you’ll soon be preparing massive amounts of food that will occupy your kitchen.
- Move and store any unneeded appliances or snack foods that live on your counters.
- Clear as much refrigerator real estate as possible to prepare for all the groceries, dishes and subsequent leftovers. Old take-out you’re never going to eat, and jars of condiments are the main culprits when it comes to hogging ‘fridge space. You’re better off without them – but if you insist on hanging on to that sort of stuff, try using a cooler and store it in – you guessed it, the bedroom!
3. Do as Much Ahead of Time as Humanly Possible
You’ll save an incredible amount of time if you know what recipes you are going to use, your list of ingredients, procedures, priorities, etc. Also, if you need to, why not practice making your dishes ahead of time? Prep whatever you can in the preceding days. Obviously, those foods that can be prepared quickly or have a short shelf-life should be saved for Thanksgiving day. However, other dishes such as dessert, cranberry sauce, casseroles can be dealt with before the holiday. Also, this year try cooking the turkey overnight. It saves you a ton of time, and the biggest hurdle is out of the way come Thanksgiving morning. Also, here’s a Thanksgiving Tip to introduce some creative flair to your dinner: prepare and showcase a dinner menu for your guests. It will add a nice touch to the meal.
4. Accept Help From Your Guests!
Here’s a helpful Thanksgiving Tip: get some free work out of your guests. You don’t always have to do alone. It’s a holiday – they can’t refuse. Actually, maybe they can, but if they off it means they’re happy to do it and you should take them up on that. This will not only make for a less stressful event, it will free you up sooner so you can be social, hang out and have a good time. Ask people to bring dishes or allow them to get involved in some of the cooking tasks. If they can’t cook, ask them to bring games or other forms of entertainment. Well, that is unless you have a community social space like those at Osprey Apartments…which brings us to the finale of our Thanksgiving tips extravaganza.
5. Utilize Your Community’s Social Spaces
Remember, you don’t have to be restricted to your apartment. Think about utilizing the social spaces within your complex if you can. Osprey includes a stylish Community Lounge – a large, open area that boasts a full kitchen which allows cooks and guests to spend more quality time together. Also, everyone is free to enjoy the library, lounge space, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, and more! With so many activities to choose from, your family might be too distracted to sit down for dinner.
Of course, we can’t neglect to mention that our Portland apartments are located in the South Waterfront. After eating dinner and relaxing, you can work on digesting by taking a little trip along The South Waterfront Greenway or on Tilikum Crossing. In all seriousness, we are passionate about creating environments that foster relationships and improve life experiences. We hope these Thanksgiving tips will help you spend less time being stressed out and more time making memories with your loved ones.