It’s November! Can you believe it? This year is ALMOST over!! As soon as November hits I immediately start thinking of Thanksgiving! It’s three weeks away which means the stores will start having their turkey sales and grocery sales for the items for side dishes! It will be here before we know it. All the cooking, baking, setting the table, having family and friends over and enjoying a delicious savory meal while enjoying everyone’s presence and just being THANKFUL. Sounds like a lot huh? A little stressful?
The holidays can be stressful especially when we don’t want them to be. They shouldn’t be. We shouldn’t be stressing in the kitchen or our homes when we are about to spend a day with those we love to appreciate what we have in life and what we are thankful for.
If you are being held responsible for hosting this years Thanksgiving dinner you may feel overwhelmed or stressed out but don’t worry! There are a few tips to help you out so you can enjoy the cooking, baking and even hosting a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner.
- First eliminate the word “perfect” from this holiday. Nothing is perfect even though sometimes we strive to hit it pretty damn close. If you aim to be perfect with nothing going wrong you will end up stressed out and a hot mess in your hot kitchen.
- If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner offer to cook the turkey and two side dishes but have everyone else sign up to bring side dishes and also desserts! You can even have someone sign up to bring drinks. Keep an organized list so that you have a great variety of side dishes and tell everyone how much to make to accommodate a large party if needed.
- Set your Thanksgiving table the night prior. This will save time and it’s something that is done and check marked off the list. If you have kids definitely let them help set the table. My kids love to help and it’s fun for them!
4. Another helpful tip is to prepare some foods the night prior. When I make my sweet potato pies I make them the night before. I also make my cornbread the night before that I use for my cornbread dressing. A lot of foods can be made the night before or even prepped the night prior to make for the day of the event as stress free as possible.
5. Lastly, make sure you have a few people that can help with leftovers and clean up post dinner. Maybe a few friends or relatives can sign up to bring the Tupperware or help to organize leftovers for take home.
Just remember to enjoy yourself, enjoy the day and your family. Remember to be thankful and try to not stress. Your family will appreciate all the hard work I’m sure!
What are some tips for hosting Thanksgiving dinner?