A First-Time Homeowner's Guide to Thanksgiving: Advice from Evergreen Home Loans

Home Buying

Thanksgiving marks a time of year when the comforts of home are most cherished and the company of family and friends is most valued. At Evergreen Home Loans, we know that for many of you, this will be the first year hosting Thanksgiving in a new home, and we’re here to share straightforward advice to help make your holiday gathering as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Getting Your Home Ready

You’ve navigated the homebuying process and now it's time to navigate holiday hosting. Start by thinking about the practicalities: seating arrangements, table settings, and where guests will place their belongings. Don't have enough chairs or a big enough table? Now's the time to borrow some or consider renting. Keep it functional - comfort is key.

Menu Planning

Hosting Thanksgiving for the first time is ambitious, so give yourself permission to keep the menu manageable. There's no rule that says everything has to be homemade, so feel free to mix in some store-bought items or delegate dishes to your guests. Think about what you can realistically prepare with your kitchen space and tools, and don't be afraid to keep it simple. The Pioneer Woman has menu ideas for every need: 50 Best Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Decorating: Less Can Be More

Your new home is something to be proud of, and Thanksgiving is an opportunity to showcase it in a festive way. However, you don't need to go overboard with decorations to make an impact. Use seasonal flowers, unscented candles, and a few tasteful autumnal touches to create a cozy environment.

Accommodating Overnight Guests

Chances are, as a new homeowner, you might not have a fully outfitted guest room. No worries. Clean linens, some fluffy towels, and a clean, clutter-free space are all you need to make guests feel welcome. And if you can throw in a Wi-Fi password and a spare charger, you’re all set.


While it might seem like another task, taking a moment during the evening to express what you’re thankful for can be a grounding experience. It doesn’t have to be a grand speech—just a few words to acknowledge the good in your life, including your new home.

Take Time to Enjoy

It’s easy to get caught up in host duties, but don’t forget to take a moment for yourself. Step back and savor the scene you’ve created: the bustling kitchen, the clinking of glasses, the stories being shared. It’s all part of the experience.

Giving Back

In the spirit of the season, consider how you can extend the warmth of your new home beyond its walls. Whether it’s donating to a food bank or simply inviting someone who doesn’t have a place to go for the holiday, small gestures can make a big impact.

At Evergreen Home Loans, we understand that home is more than just a physical space; it’s where life happens and memories are made. As you embark on this first of many Thanksgivings in your new home, remember that the best gatherings are about the people you share them with, not perfection.

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