Thanksgiving Meal 2017
Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, my next few posts will be focused on Thanksgiving. Today I wanted to share a few tips on hosting a hopefully stress free Thanksgiving. This post has tips for hosting holiday guest and gatherings in general.
Set a menu and write down your grocery list
Example Thanksgiving Grocery List
I may only be 32 years old, but yes I'm still one of those people that will still handwrite my grocery list. I always have and I proably always will. I can't express the importance of composing your grocery list. Thanksgiving planning can get hectic so plan your list and take it with you while you shop. There's nothing worse than either getting to the store and forgetting your list or trying to remember items and forgetting what you need.
Recruit help if you need it
After years of doing prep work and helping my mama cook, I can pretty much handle Thanksgiving by myself. If you're not good or advanced with cooking or you get frustrated cooking, ask for help. You really don't need to be overwhelmed, especially during the holidays.
When I was growing up and even now some of the Thanksgiving food was prepared and cooked a day or two prior to Thanksgiving. For example we always cook the Turkey Breast the Morning of Thanksgiving and the Ham the night before. Foods like macaroni and cheese, and desserts can be prepared early...just not too early as I stated before.
Clean and (decorate optional) your home
I'm a neat freak, so I like things clean, neat, and tidy, but you should clean your home especially when you're expecting guest. If you're not one of these people that like seasonal decor decorating can be optional for you. Also if you're entertaining out of town overnight guest, make sure you have clean linen, towels, etc. Make your guests feel welcome.
Set your table/have dinnerware
If you're eating at a table, set your table, and if you're more non traditional make sure your guest have the required dinnerware. In my house we usually eat off dinner plates and use glassware for the holidays, except last year. Last year's Thankgsgiving was very laid back. You don't have to go the traditional route if you're using foam plates and plastic ware etc.
Set a dinner time and try to stick with it
Let's be honest here nobody wants to come to Thanksgiving dinner and the dinner starts hours later. Setting a time for dinner sets boundaries.
Enjoy your Holiday
A feast, giving thanks, and spending time with family and friends can be so special! Wishing everyone a chaotic free and wonderful Thanksgiving!
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