A little stressed about hosting Thanksgiving this year? Here are 5 tips to help you breeze through the day – and even enjoy it!
- Guests: Don’t wait until the week before to invite everyone. Many people have their plans for Thanksgiving set by Halloween. This is especially true if you’re planning something non-traditional, like a Friends-giving dinner. Let your guests know in advance so they can plan accordingly!
- Menu: For most of us, the traditional Thanksgiving menu includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, but often dishes will vary according to region and in families. Make a list of the dishes you want to plan for, but…
- Get help! Cooking all of these dishes and for a crowd is a lot of work – and you don’t want to spend all of your time in the kitchen. Determine the dishes you can handle, then ask others to contribute. Aunt Sally makes the world’s best pumpkin pie? Your friend Sue makes an incredible green bean casserole? Ask them to bring their special dishes. Get help from your non-cooking guests, too: they can always bring drinks, ice, and paper goods.
- Plan logistics: The whole family gathered around the dining room table makes for a beautiful image, but it’s not always practical. If your table can accommodate all of your guests –great, but don’t be afraid to seat people at different tables, or to serve buffet style. The main rule to observe is that every guest needs a chair and a place to put their plate – even if it is on a coffee table or TV tray.
- China vs. Chinette: For a small, intimate dinner, definitely pull out the China. That’s why you have it! But for a big crowd, make life easy on yourself and use heavy-duty, large, disposable plates and napkins. Showcase your China and other special dishes as serving pieces.
Most importantly, remember the reason for the holiday, and be thankful for the friends and family in your life. If you enjoy your time with the people you love, the day is sure to be a success!