Thanksgiving is ten days away. We repeat, Thanksgiving is TEN DAYS AWAY. Are you as ready as we are to stuff our faces, spend time with loved ones and go into a turkey coma once it’s all over and done with?
We countdown to this big gobble-licious holiday, but do we plan ahead to be sure we’re ready for everything that comes along with it? As with many things, this may have snuck up on you and now you’re left thinking “Well, poo, I haven’t even thought about how I’m going to fit everyone at my dining table.”
If this thought has passed through your mind at any point, we can assure you, you’re not alone. Although we are big proponents for planning ahead (who says you can’t pick out your Thanksgiving rentals in February!?) we understand that life gets in the way and some things are put off until you can really focus on them.
If this is you, you might consider stopping by one of our three showrooms this week, however. This way w can make sure you are covered for your Thanksgiving meal and your guests are impressed with your hosting prowess.
Not sure where you might start? Well, let’s start with what you are serving. Are you making the full sha-bang? Or will some of your guests be bringing casseroles and cranberry sauces galore? Whatever dishes you are responsible for, what will you be serving it in? Do you have a big platter for your turkey? Or perhaps two smaller ones- one for light meat, one for dark? Do you have serving utensils for everything? Perhaps you need extra in case your uncle forgets the spoon for the stuffing.
Next, let’s think how many guest you’re having. Will they be at one table? Will you have a big adults table and a smaller kids table? Do you have all of these said tables or will you need additional with additional seating as well? Do you have enough plates, forks, knives, wine glasses for everyone who is attending? It’s important to have your counts (or a relative idea on your counts) before you get started putting your rental order together.
Once you know how many people you are expecting, you can start playing with linens to decide what tablecloth you want for your table. Grab a couple and try a few different things. You might be surprised by the combinations you end up liking the best.
Once you have a few linens you like, pick out your china, glassware, flatware and napkins. Each of our showrooms have a small table you can use to mock up the full look to be sure you really like what you are putting together.
After you have all of your rentals picked out, it is as easy as sitting down with an event consultant to check availability and have it input it into our system. We are open the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (so you can send one of your cousins, grand kids, brother/sisters, what-have-you’s to come pick up your items). We open back up the Saturday following Thanksgiving for your return. If you need until Monday, that is okay too.
So you can see it’s not too terribly difficult to get all set up for your guests! You can even place a quote request through the website if it is easier for you to do things online. Or give us a call and do things over the phone. We are here for you and want to make this aspect of Thanksgiving just a little less stressful if we can.
Need a little inspiration for your table set up? We have that for you too. Take a look at a Thanksgiving table we put together just for you guys!