November 14, 2022

Hosting Thanksgiving Following A Move

Moving around major holidays can be difficult to avoid. Simply Because you have moved, particularly if you are the one hosting friends and family for dinner, there’s no reason to change your plans. With a bit of pre-planning, out of the box thinking and organization, your first Thanksgiving at your new house can be one to remember. Having a festive feast is the best way to show off your new place to friends and family!

Depending on your move plans, you could have plenty of time to get settled in your new home and get ready for Thanksgiving. But often, your traditional Thanksgiving plans will need to be changed because of your move. Don’t get caught with unforeseen turkey day troubles. Plan, adapt, and prepare for some new memories in your new home!

Planning Ahead

Prior to your local moving company or long-distance movers move your belongings into your new home, you need to have a plan ready to go for making the perfect Thanksgiving for you and your guests. Before you begin packing at your current home, you need to write a list of your holiday must-haves. Whether you have an heirloom set of china, grandma’s candied yam recipe, or decorations for your tablescape, be certain to plan out the eventthoroughly, and make a list of everything you typically use.

Once you have an idea of what you have to have to host the dinner, now you can begin to pack. If your local moving company or long-distance movers are providing packing services for you, make sure to give your list to the crew. They can make sure these essentials are packed together and labeled accordingly. Labeling your boxes with “Thanksgiving- recipes and decorations” or “Thanksgiving- cookware”, will make it easier to unpack in your new home. All items for the event will be together and ready for you. Alternatively, take photos of your family recipes, just in case you forgot where you packed your favorite cookbook!

If you have time to completely unpack before your gets arrive in town, this is is always the most desirable case. Especially if you plan to have houseguests for several days, prioritizing unpacking important items and getting guest rooms set up should be the highest priority.

If you’re short on time and guests are arriving soon, then you have to prioritize! Main areas of the home should be set up, such as living rooms, kitchen and bathrooms. Other rooms like home offices, garages and outdoors spaces can be set up later. Your guests will understand if the whole house isn’t ready for a house tour yet!


Keep it Simple

You likely have your Thanksgiving dinner prep figured out! Though, if you are not unpacked completely or settled into your new house, it could be time to think about alternatives. Finding options to make you move-in process and meal preparations easier while still letting you host a meal worth remembering is easy.

The answer to any successful move is communication. Moving during the holidays is the same! When you arrive to your new home, you probably already have come up with a plan with your local moving company or long-distance movers. Tell the movers to set any boxes labeled “Thanksgiving” in a central area, making your unpacking and setup work much easier.

If you must adapt your cooking plans because of your move situation, there are several easy and affordable options to consider.

Grocery Store Mean Boxes- A lot of grocery stores offer complete Thanksgiving dinners in a box, complete with a turkey and all the fixin’s pre-cooked and ready. Meal boxes a fantastic option because they often come in their own serving vessels and are ready to eat.

Meal Kits and Delivery Services- There are so many boxed meal companies these days, and most will curate a Thanksgiving box. These services will ship your main dish and sides to your home, complete with all the ingredients and directions to cook each dish.

Slow Cooker- Are you aware that you can cook a ham in a slow cooker? Utilizing your small appliances can free up your cooktop, saving time and energy. That leaves you more time to focus on what’s really important, your family and friends!

Leftovers- You no doubt haven’t unpacked any of your food storage containers, so how can you send diners home with leftovers? Try disposable muffin tins! These tins are inexpensive, and an easy way to let each guest have the right amount of every side and main dish..


Borrow From Neighbors

Meeting is some of the experience of moving to a new house. Seeing as the opportunity is already presenting itself, asking your new neighbors if they’ll let you borrow things you have not yet unpacked can be a good answer. Asking for an extra casserole dish, folding chairs or wine glasses can save you the time of unpacking. Score bonus points with your neighbors by offering some of your leftovers or desert when you give back the items you borrowed!

If your relocation is to Buffalo is a new town or area for your, be sure to talk with and get to know your long-distance mover. The staff assisting the driver with delivering your household goods will be familiar with your new location. They can definitely help you find local Buffalo thrift stores, grocery stores and many other places to pick up your holiday essentials!


Call Corrigan

Because we are a family owned and operated Buffalo local moving company and long-distance movers, Corrigan knows how important family is. When you hire Corrigan as your local moving company, it usually means your family and friends are still nearby, making the transition to your new home easier. But, we also understand that long-distance movers may feel like the closest feeling to family you may have right now. Corrigan treats each customer like extended family and will exceed your expectations to enable a simple, low-stress move. Regardless of your move’s specifics, you can count on Corrigan Moving Systems to keep you warm this holiday season with impeccable service!