November 14, 2022

Hosting Thanksgiving After You Have Just Moved

Moving near a major holiday can be hard to avoid. Simply Because you have moved, particularly if you’re used to hosting family and friends for dinner, there is no reason to change your plans. With a bit of pre-planning, thinking outside the box and organization, your first Thanksgiving in your new place can be memorable. There’s no better way to show off your new home to your loved ones than by hosting a festive feast!

Depending on the timing of your move, you may have many weeks to settle into your new home and prepare for Thanksgiving. But usually, your normal Thanksgiving plans will have to be altered because of your move. Don’t get stuck with unforeseen turkey day troubles. Plan, adapt, and get ready for some new memories in your new home!

Planning Ahead

Before your local moving company or long-distance movers drop off your items into your new house, you must have a plan in place for making a perfect Thanksgiving for you and your guests. Prior to packing at your old home, you will want to create a list of your holiday essentials. Whether it is a cherished set of china, grandma’s candied yam recipe, or table decorations, be certain you plan out the eventall the way through, and write down a list of all the items you traditionally use.

Once you figure out what you will need to host, the time has come to pack. If you are using your local moving company or long-distance mover’ packing services, share your list with the crew. The movers can ensure your holiday must-haves are packed together and properly labeled. Labeling your boxes with “Thanksgiving- recipes and decorations” or “Thanksgiving- cookware”, will make it easier to unpack in your new home. Everything for the festivities will be together and easy to find. Or take pics of your holiday recipes, just in case you don’t have an opportunity to unpack your favorite cookbook!

If you have time to unpack completely before your gets arrive in town, this is is always the ideal scenario. Especially if you plan to have houseguests staying for several days, prioritizing unpacking boxes and setting up guest rooms should be the highest priority.

If you’re limited on time and guests are arriving soon, then it’s time to prioritize! Set up main areas of the home first, such as living rooms, kitchen and bathrooms. Home offices, garages and outdoors spaces can always be arranged later. Your guests will be understanding if the whole house is not ready for a complete tour yet!


Keep it Simple

You probably have your Thanksgiving dinner preparation figured out! Though, if you’re not completely unpacked or settled into your new home, it might be time to consider alternatives. Finding answers to ease your move-in process and meal prep while still hosting a meal worth remembering is easier than it might seem.

The answer to any successful move is communication. Relocating during the holidays is no exception! When you get to your new home, you should already have come up with a plan with your local moving company or long-distance movers. Ask the movers to set all boxes with the label “Thanksgiving” in a central place, which will make your unpacking and setup work much easier.

If you need to change your cooking plans because of your relocation situation, there are several easy and affordable options for you.

Grocery Store Boxes- Many grocery stores sell Thanksgiving meals in a box, including a turkey and all the fixin’s pre-cooked and ready. These boxes a wonderful option because these items will come with their own serving containers and ready to eat.

Meal Kits and Delivery Services- There are numerous boxed meal companies these days, and many will curate a Thanksgiving box. These companies can mail your main dish and sides directly to your house, complete with every ingredient and instructions to cook each dish.

Slow Cooker- Did you know you can cook a ham in a crock pot? Using your small appliances frees up your range, saving time and energy. This will leave you more time to focus on what is truly important, your guests!

Leftovers- You likely have not unpacked any food storage containers, so how will your guests|people|diners]257] be able to take home any leftovers? Try disposable muffin tins! These are inexpensive, and a wonderful way to give each guest the right amount of everymain dish and side dish..


Borrow From Neighbors

Some of the excitement of moving to a new home is getting to meet your new neighbors. Since the opportunity is already presenting itself, asking your neighbors if you can borrow things that you haven’t yet unpacked can be a good answer. Asking for an extra casserole dish, folding chairs or wine glasses can save you time unpacking. You can even get bonus points with your new neighbors by offering some of your leftovers or pie when you return the items you borrowed!

If moving to Flint is a new city or area for your, be sure to chat and get to know your long-distance mover. The staff aiding the driver with your move will know and be familiar with your new town and they can certainly direct you to local Flint thrift and grocery stores and many other ideas to pick up your holiday essentials!


Call Corrigan

Because we are a family owned and operated Flint local moving company and long-distance movers, Corrigan understands family is important. If you hire Corrigan as your local moving company, that usually means your family and friends are still close, making the transition to your new house easier. That said, we also know that long-distance movers may seem to be the closest people to family you have at the moment. Corrigan treats all customers like family and we’ll go above and beyond to enable a simple, stress-free move. No matter your circumstances, you can rely on Corrigan Moving Systems to keep your holiday season warm with outstanding service!

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