At Scout Mortgage, we know the unique joy of having a new home. More than just a place to lay your head at the end of the day, it’s a wonderful thing because it represents endless possibilities. It’s the place that you get to decorate in a way that brings you happiness. It’s where you’ll raise your children. It may even become the hub for family gatherings.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, our team of mortgage brokers is also excited about the possibilities of having people over for the holidays. As exciting as it can be, the truth is that it’s also a bit overwhelming. Not to worry though, because if you’re planning to host Thanksgiving this year in your new living space, it will all be a-okay if you keep a few tips in mind. And, as luck would have it, we’ll be breaking down our top tips to help you through it all in today’s post. If you could use a bit of help, keep reading to learn more!

Our Top Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving

Ask for Help

Just because you’re hosting a get-together in your space doesn’t mean you should feel like you have to go it alone. The holidays are the perfect time to ask for help, and at Thanksgiving, people are all too happy to give it. 

That’s why if the thought of making the turkey, whipping up the side dishes, and baking two pies sounds overwhelming to you, you should make it a point to ask your guests to bring foods as well. Not only does this literally take a few things off of your plate, but it also gives guests a chance to feel like they’re contributing — not to mention that it frees you up to focus on making the turkey the best it can be. It can be daunting if you’ve never done it before, but find a guide or two online, follow the instructions, and before you know it, you’ll be eating a moist, delicious turkey that people will be talking about for years to come (or at least until next Thanksgiving when they get to enjoy it again)!

Don’t Overdo It

From decorations to seating arrangements to the meal itself, it can be tempting to go overboard with every single aspect of your party. Needless to say, you want to impress your guests with how put-together everything is, but that can also mean doing more than you need to.

Our advice? Come up with a simple plan of the essentials and then remember to spend some time actually enjoying having company over. After all, the point of the holiday is to be thankful, so make sure you carve out some time to focus on the reason you’re all getting together. You don’t have to go around the table and say what you’re thankful for or anything like that — unless you want to, of course — but make sure you take the time to actually enjoy your party by relaxing with the people you care about the most and recognizing the joyful little things in life that you’re thankful to have.

Go With the Flow

It’s important to have a plan in place, but even more crucial than that is to be able to let go of your plan and go with the flow. Perhaps you planned for everyone to sit around the table and chat about their lives. Someone else had the idea to play a game of cards, go outside and throw the football around, or take a nap. One of the best things you can do for your holiday party is to let go of your expectations and let your guests dictate what the day looks like.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that you have to be completely hands-off. Rather, if there’s a lull in the day, suggest an activity that you have in mind to keep things moving forward. It can even be as simple as watching the game (or napping while you pretend to care about the game). At the end of the day, the best thing you can do is to create a welcoming space for everyone to enjoy and then just let the day progress as it will.

Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

Perhaps reading this has caused you to realize that you’d love to have a home of your own so you can have a space to host family and friends for the holidays. Maybe you’re reading this because you’re looking for a Scottsdale mortgage broker and you’re more excited than ever to get the process started.

Whatever the case may be, when you need a team you can count on for lightning-fast closings and hassle-free approvals, turn to the team at Scout Mortgage. Contact us today. Have a happy Thanksgiving, and we look forward to hearing from you!