Thanksgiving really kicks off the entire holiday season, and it is quickly approaching. With our busy lives and schedules, Thanksgiving can be stressfull if you don't plan ahead.
We're sure you are wanting to host the annual Thanksgiving meal in your beautiful dream home. By planning ahead, you can ensure you will have a stress-free Thanksviging and actually enjoy the holiday with your family and friends.
Prepare Your Menu.
Plan as much as you can ahead of time.
What will the menu include? Don't forget the side dishes.
Will you prepare the entire meal, or will others bring food as well?
Keep track of who will prepare and bring dishes, so you'll know what needs to be cooked and you don't end up with too many deviled eggs and desserts with no other sides.
Plan for refrigerator space. If the turkey is safely defrosting in your refrigerator, you may not have the space for refrigerated ingredients needed to prepare other dishes.
Make sure to not over-extend yourself. If you know the turkey will be beautifully roasting in your oven for several hours, try to prepare other dishes that do not require oven time. Assign dishes to others that need to bake in the oven.
Prep Your Food.
Consider what you can do ahead of time rather than waiting until the week or day of Thanksgiving. Which of the dishes can be prepared in advance? Some things you might be able to do a few days or a week before the holiday include:
Setting the Table.
Another way to lessen the stress of a Thanksgiving dinner party is to determine how many and who will attend so you can plan for seating.
How many tables and chairs will you need?
Will you have enough seating, or will you have to borrow/rent tables & chairs?
Place the tables and chairs so everyone has a seat. Decorate the tables and then set out all the place settings. This can be done a week ahead!
Not that this is a problem in your family, but you might want to consider the following:
Think simple when it comes to decorating your table. Place some cranberries in water and top with floating candles. Or string some cranberries on wire to make napkin rings. You do not have to go overboard with your decorating; just add simple touches to your table.
Prepping the House.
Now the dreaded part of any family event...the cleaning. Ask your family to help pitch in to ensure all the rooms are clean. Rather than waiting to clean at the end, wash your dishes as you cook. Enlist a few people to help as the "clean-up crew" after the meal.