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DeLuca Homes Thanksgiving Prep Tips

You love having guests for Thanksgiving, whether they’re staying for a couple of days or just coming for turkey dinner. We’ve rounded up some tips for making your home welcoming for your holiday visitors.


  • Before you invite guests, think about the space that you have. Do you have room for people to mix and mingle? Do you have enough tables & chairs? You can cover rented chairs with slipcovers to make them more festive.


  • Take this opportunity to de-clutter guest rooms and public spaces. Give these spaces a through going over. And clear off all tables, counters and ottomans. No stacks of mail, magazines, newspapers, etc.


  • Make sure the house is well-lit – inside and out. You may be familiar with all of your dark corners, but your guests aren’t. Make sure all outdoor 54ebb2a680d12_-_thanksgiving-centerpieces11-xlnlights are working. Inside, make sure area rugs are either safely fastened or pull them up. Remember to child proof if little ones will be visiting – matches, medications, etc.


  • Spruce up your main entryway. Give the door a fresh coat of paint. Hang a festive wreath. Put a new welcome mat out.


  • Don’t forget the front porch. Give it a good sweep, and then festoon it with mums or cornstalks or pumpkins to make it welcoming.


  • Make sure all of your bathrooms are spotless. Then dress them up with festive hand towels or rugs, and maybe a vase of seasonal flowers.


  • Feeling crafty? Make your own elegant centerpiece. Nature’s bounty – pumpkins, gourds, nuts, berries, etc – makes glorious table decorations. Not into DIY? A really nice bouquet of seasonal flowers from your local florist will do wonders.


  • Candles – scented or unscented, pillars or tapers – are always a nice accent, adding warmth and a happy glow. Group a variety of sizes & shapes on the sideboard for a dramatic display.