Thanksgiving is just around the corner — are you ready to host the best holiday party ever? Rely on Thumbtack to handle all the hard stuff: cooking, cleaning, decorating, so you can focus on friends, family, and delicious food. To guide your planning, Thumbtack analyzed data from the 225,000+ requests you make each holiday season and compiled the Holiday Party Trends Report. Here’s what services are most popular and why to make your holiday as easy as pumpkin pie.
Drop-off Catering for the Easy Win
Drop-off catering is fabulously self-explanatory. Beautiful food, not prepared by you, delivered hot and ready-to-go to your front door. Life really can be so delightful. You can even pretend you roasted, mashed, and baked every bit of it yourself. Your guests will wonder how you make it look so darn effortless. We’ll never tell.
Portrait Photography for Holiday Card Perfection
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to snap professional photos for your holiday card. Everyone will be dressed to impress, the house will be decorated, and the kids will (probably?) be on their best behavior. Schedule a portrait photographer to capture your beautiful family amongst the fall leaves and have your Christmas cards out before you can say Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Personal Chef for the Perfect Custom Meal
Hosting an intimate dinner at home for Thanksgiving? Want to have that super special touch? A personal chef will custom create a holiday meal to knock everyone’s holiday socks off. You’ll have perfectly prepared food, fresh as can be. You’ll receive the ability to get exactly what you want instead of choosing off a catering menu. You’ll have all the shopping and cleanup handled. Just like a culinary genie magically appeared in your kitchen.
Full-Service Catering for Max Relaxation
If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner but opening the front door is the extent of the work you want to do, full-service catering is the choice for you. Select a catering company that cooks the food you crave, then set them loose on the task. From executing a fabulous menu to handling linens, rentals, and table decor, they’ll take care of each aspect of the day. They can pass apps for cocktail hour, serve a formal plated meal, bring out dessert, then handle every aspect of clean up and rental return. There’s a reason to give thanks.
Corporate Catering to Show Gratitude
Want to thank your employees for all their hard work throughout the year? A catered Thanksgiving meal will fill hearts and bellies—not to mention build goodwill for your company. Take a half day to celebrate the efforts of your crew, and hire a corporate caterer to whip up a holiday feast.
Pet-sitting for Your Precious Babies
Thanksgiving means travel. The pet lovers of Thumbtack request an equal amount of cat-sitting and dog-sitting over the holidays to care for their sweet critters while on the move. Whether you visit a different relative’s house each year, or everyone in the family piles into your place, pet-sitting saves the sanity of all involved. Your mother’s ancient chihuahua won’t be nipping everyone’s ankles all weekend, and your sister’s diabetic cat will get her insulin as needed. Everyone can rest easy, relax, and focus on eating too much. Your pets will be in good hands.
Holiday Light Installation
Install your holiday lights before Thanksgiving to get two party birds with one stone. Your home will look gorgeous for the annual day of feasting, and you’ll have the exterior Christmas decorating already handled. Even better, take your family portraits outdoors to show off your holiday lights. Bonus: Pro installers will install the lights and then take them away when the holidays are over.
It may seem crazy, but interior painting is hugely popular just before Thanksgiving. Late November interior painting means a picture perfect house for holiday party season. Dazzle guests with your pristine walls and and on-trend accent colors. Your holiday decor and lavish table settings will shine.
Thanksgiving is coming soon. How can Thumbtack help you have a fun-filled day of family, friends, and feast?