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Tips for Hosting a Great Thanksgiving

A plate of Thanksgiving dinner with mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and turkey
Having family and friends over can be stressful, but it’s not supposed to be. Cooking a meal for your guests can be long and difficult, but the outcome is delicious. There are many things that can go wrong this November, so it’s important to make sure you’re doing everything you can to make it a great time. In this week’s Overlook at Franklin Square Blog, we’ve got a few tips to help you host a great Thanksgiving in your Baltimore, MD apartment!

Be Polite

When you’ve got a whole bunch of family and friends over, it can get pretty overwhelming. Though being polite should be an expected courtesy, we felt it necessary to reinforce the idea that being polite can lead to a better Thanksgiving experience. Do your best to avoid controversial topics and attempt to facilitate good conversation.

Part of being polite is how you act at the table. Remember to chew with your mouth closed to avoid irking anyone, politely ask for dishes to be passed to you, and be considerate of others when grabbing your portion.   


As the host, it’s your duty to inform your guests of the details surrounding your Thanksgiving event. Keep your guests informed by creating a Facebook event, or send regular emails to keep them updated. Details to include in your communication can be, but are not limited to: date, time, and if they need to bring a dish. Communication helps everyone have a better time, and helps to avoid any confusion.

Make it a Potluck

Making enough food for a large group of guests can be difficult, time consuming, and expensive. Do yourself a favor by inviting your guests to bring a dish to share. Keep an accurate accounting of what people are bringing by keeping a shared Google Sheet so there aren’t any duplicate dishes (unless you think more people will enjoy more of that specific dish).