Hosting Thanksgiving at your home can be a daunting task, as there are many details you must pull together for the event to run smoothly. These holiday details go beyond the preparation and presentation of the meal — they also include taking photos, setting up a beautiful table, creating a music playlist and providing Thanksgiving activities for the little ones. Luckily, all the inspiration and organization tools you’ll need for Thanksgiving can be found in your smartphone. Here are some ways you can utilize the planner in your pocket for a memorable Thanksgiving.
Get creative with your recipes this year. Download food apps like Food Network in the Kitchen, All The Cooks, Epicurious and All Recipes for unique dishes that will wow. You can also use Thanksgiving-specific apps, like the Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Coach, which provides recipes, ingredients lists and cooking directions for your favorite Turkey Day dishes. If you need a little assistance and guidance in your technical chef abilities, use your phone to look up cooking tutorial videos by Chef Steps. For the holidays, they have a special tutorial called “A Better Way to Turkey — Cook That Bird Sous Vide for the Best Feast Ever.” Chef Steps is an excellent way for you to pick up some professional chef tricks and create an unforgettable meal.
Get your groceries in advance and beat the market rush. Create a list on your phone of everything you will need before you go shopping and identify which things you can be purchased in advance and what should be purchased right before the big day. You can either make the trip yourself or you can enlist the help of a grocery shopping service. In certain metropolitan areas, Amazon’s Prime Now allows you to order your food online and a grocery courier will pick up the provisions for you. If you have any Thanksgiving Day emergencies, like you’ve run out of wine or other spirits, use Drizly, an online liquor store app. It will deliver whatever alcoholic beverages you need within an hour.
Decor + Tablescape
Spruce up your abode with some festive decor. Check out Pinterest, either through an internet browser or their app, for decoration inspiration. You can plan ahead and find cute, Thanksgiving-themed DIYs that will liven up your home with the holiday spirit. Pinterest is a great way for you to keep all of your ideas and inspiration in one place, and it will suggest ideas based on what you’ve been pinning, so you don’t have to do overly broad searches to find what you need.
Make sure you take photos that will capture the sentiment of the day. It is rare that you get your entire family together, so there will be plenty of photo ops that pop up in a moment’s notice. Keep your phone handy, so you can capture those special moments. Make sure you have a smartphone with a high-quality camera, like the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, so you have crystal clear images of the day. Don’t shy away from editing the photos, as you can adjust the exposure, contrast, tone and sharpness with your phone’s built-in editing software.
Set up a music playlist on your phone prior to the holiday. If you need help, text your guests and ask them to submit five song requests. This way everyone will have their music preferences represented. You can also utilize a radio stream like Pandora that can play a variety of music relative to a specific genre or band.
Have fun, family activities that will entertain both the kids and adults. Download some group games on your phone that will provide some post-meal family bonding. Choose a game like Heads Up, where you can all engage with one another, and not just focus on the screen of the phone.