Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Fast Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving at Your Vacation Home

The season of thankfulness is upon us, and with that, gathering with family and friends for food and friendship comes with it. One fun way to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday is to host, and it can be even MORE fun to host it at your vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks! Treating your family to a fun getaway can be a fun new tradition, so we have a few tips to help make celebrating Thanksgiving in your vacation home even easier!


Check-In With Your Guests

Chances are, you will all most likely be traveling to get to your vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks. Take some time over the next few days to check in with your friends or family and see if they will need anything while staying with you. Some family members may need more space because they will have multiple playpens or kids. Others may prefer to have a room near the bathroom - or alternately one of the master suites if your home has two. You may not be able to accommodate everyone, but checking can help avoid some last-minute emergencies.

Stock the Kitchen

The Thanksgiving holiday is ALL about the kitchen - and the living room for football, but primarily the kitchen. Before you head down for the weekend, take some time to evaluate what you already have in your kitchen at the Lake. Here are a few things you will want to make sure are stocked up for the holiday:

  • Wine glasses
  • Pie tins
  • Roasting pans
  • Large pots & pans
  • Baking sheets & dishes
  • Whisks
  • Ladles
  • Spatulas
  • Sharp knives
  • Serving dishes
  • Turkey baster
  • Meat thermometer


You will also want to stock the kitchen with food items. You can stock up on these when you get down here, but you will want to make sure you have plenty of butter, milk, flour, spices, and cooking oil on hand for this holiday!

Do Not Forget Toiletries!

There is nothing worse than realizing that you ran out of toilet paper with a house full of holiday guests! Stock up on the basics like toilet paper, hand soap, paper towels, kitchen cleaning supplies, and even laundry soap. You may even want to add some extras to the bathrooms just in case someone forgot something. Basics like toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wipes, cotton balls, and cotton swabs.

Plan Some Activities!

Everyone is not going to want to do the same things with their holidays, but there is SOMETHING for everyone to do around here! Some of your guests may enjoy the local events. You can refer to FunLake.com for a full calendar of fun at the Lake of the Ozarks! Some guests may enjoy crashing in front of the television and watching the football game - serve up some leftovers and leave them to it! Others may want to do some sightseeing in the area. You can put together a list of must-see places at the Lake based on what you enjoy doing.

Everyone can enjoy their holiday weekend just the way they like it. From horseback riding, pumpkin picking, Black Friday shopping, or hiking, there is something for everyone.


Vacationing at the Lake of the Ozarks! 

If you do not have a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks, now is still a great time to make your purchase! The interest rates have been excellent for the last few months, but we cannot guarantee how long they will stay this way! If you are ready to start your home loan process at the Lake of the Ozarks, visit our website. We would love to assist you with your purchase, so head over to our website at www.yourlakeloan.com , fill out the online application and let’s get started.

Whether you are planning your Thanksgiving holiday season at your vacation home or somewhere else, we hope that you and your family have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!

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Michael Lasson
Senior Loan Officer
NMLS #: 493712

4655 B Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Direct: (573) 746-7211





**The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent First State Bank of St Charles’s positions, strategies, or opinions.

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