Thanksgiving is a time for all of us to gather with our loved ones and be grateful for blessings we’ve received over the course of the year. It is NOT a time for scrambling around to find ingredients for your dinner or figure out what the décor is going to look like. That’s why being organized ahead of time will give you a stress-free holiday experience! Here are my top tips:
- Clear Out the Fridge
Cleaning out the fridge isn’t at the top of most people’s to-do lists. But, how else are you going to fit in that turkey? Tackle it in one fell swoop by emptying the contents onto your kitchen island, dining room table, or other flat surface close by. Then, scrub your fridge down. Next, review all of your items. Anything that’s expired or is creeping up on its expiration date and you know you won’t use it soon gets tossed. The same goes for items you bought for that one recipe, but haven’t used in the past few months. Anything that stays, make sure to pair like items together (i.e. fruits and veggies stay together, condiments stay together, etc.) before you put them back.
- Pull Out Stored Items in Advance
The last thing you want is to be hunting down a turkey platter or that last napkin ring the morning of Thanksgiving. Make sure to take any specialty cookware or linens out of storage and examine each piece. Check for any chips/cracks on any breakables and that you have enough of each item needed for your place settings. Do this ahead of time so you have an opportunity to buy a replacement if needed.
- Set the Table the Night Before
Trying to create the prefect table scape and place settings while you’re wrestling with a turkey is nobody’s idea of a good time. Set up your table the night before so your guests are welcomed to a beautiful table and you can focus on cooking the meal. Place cards help too – that way, there’s no awkward moments of figuring out who is going to sit where. Guests can find their name, take a seat, and enjoy the feast you’ve just created!
- Create a Smart Self-Serve Station
While you’re standing over a hot stove, you don’t want your guests with rumbling tummies and feeling parched. Set up a drink and/or snack station so family and friends can serve themselves without you having to worry about it. Ideally, place this station in a prime location where everyone is chatting away and can easily grab a quick bite or drink.
The bottom line to making Thanksgiving easy is to simplify as much as possible. Ask for help with setting the table, buy precut vegetables from the store, or even focus on recipes with a limited number of ingredients.
And with that, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones!
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