Holidays are filled with food and fun, but when you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner, it can be overwhelming. We’d like to share some ideas for Thanksgiving to make the occasion less stressful, and give you more time to enjoy the day. And we also included some helpful hints for your guests:
Create a countdown calendar to stay organized. Make a list of what you need to do each day. Include things such as shopping, cleaning and decorating—as well as taking a little time for yourself.
Work on your grocery list early. There’s no way to avoid crowds at the grocery store this week, but if you make a detailed list first that focuses on your recipes, shopping will be a snap! Also consider purchasing a few gourmet-prepared foods to make cooking easier.
Plan out your cleaning time. Family members can be a big help here, or if a close guest asks how they can help, why not suggest a pre-holiday “cleaning and coffee” get-together?
Simplify your decorating. Make nature’s bounty the perfect accent by creating your own version of a cornucopia in a basket filled with luscious fruit, dried flowers and colorful leaves. Or spray leaves and pinecones with glitter shellac and arrange them around deep red and orange candles. Check out sites like Pinterest for amazing inspiration, too.
Make a detailed schedule for food preparation. Counting backwards for your Thanksgiving feast will let you know just how much time each item needs for preparation and cooking, and you’ll be able to devote the time in between to socializing with your guests.
Remember guest etiquette. If you’re the guest this year, definitely find out what you can bring, but also remember not to crowd in the kitchen, and always help with cleanup. Be sure to send a thoughtful thank you note afterwards, too.
Give thanks! Finally, no matter what your beliefs, it’s nice to say a few words of gratitude before the meal. After all, this day is about being thankful for life’s gifts.