Special Report

30 Thanksgiving Hosting Mistakes You’re Probably Making

Source: annebaek / Getty Images

6. Experimenting with recipes

If your recipe has withstood the test of time, don’t mess with it now. A new dish may be a hit, but what if it’s not? Test out any new recipes a few days in advance to make sure you like them as much as your old ones.

Source: skynesher / Getty Images

7. Not following a recipe to the T

Recipes exist for a reason. There is an ideal way to cook most food and chefs have gone through many trials and errors to find out what that is. Don’t underestimate the power of ratios. If you have to put in half a cup of flour and one tablespoon of lemon juice, do it. Do you want your pie to be too dry or your stuffing too salty?

Source: fstop123 / Getty Images

8. Inviting your entire address book

Thanksgiving is sometimes called Friendsgiving. It is a celebration of thankfulness for one’s friends and families. And while you don’t want to leave anyone out, especially during a holiday that is all about spending time with the people you love, you have to be realistic about how many people you can host. How much time do you have and how big is your home? If you have room to fit 15 people, don’t invite 40 because they might just show up.

Source: DNY59 / Getty Images

9. Not having enough seats

Unless you are recruiting people for an experiment aiming to debate whether eating while standing up is bad for you, make sure you have enough chairs to seat your guests. Standing and mingling with others is fun but everyone needs to sit down at some point.

Source: DebbiSmirnoff / Getty Images

10. Forgetting about guests’ allergies

This is a potentially very serious mistake. Do you have several epipens around the house? If not, make sure you know if some of your guests are allergic to any of the foods you’re serving. The most common food allergens are cow’s milk, eggs, nuts, and shellfish.