For those of you who have been appointed (whether voluntarily or otherwise) with the task of hosting Thanksgiving dinner, take a deep breath. It doesn’t have to be as stressful and full of pressure as it may seem to be. With some good planning and the right preparation, it may even be fun!
So, instead of getting frenzied and panicking, read some of our tips for making hosting Thanksgiving dinner easier…and enjoyable.
Focus on the Meaning of the Holiday
Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks and being grateful for what we have, including our friends and family members – some of those very people you’ll be sharing this holiday with. Instead of focusing on making every little detail perfect, turn your focus to spending quality time with those who will be at your dinner table.
So forego making an elaborate table centerpiece from scratch, and opt for a simple table setting that allows the people around the table, rather than the décor, to take center stage.
Keep the Menu Simple
With all the exciting recipes you can find just by doing an Internet search or looking through some magazines, there’s no doubt you have a whole list of “fabulous” new recipes that are on your “must try” list. That’s all well and good, but they’ll have to wait until after Thanksgiving. Stick with what you know and, if you absolutely must, try one new recipe – two at most.
Ask for Help
Whatever you do, don’t attempt to prepare the entire Thanksgiving meal on your own – unless you really want the stress and pressure of it all! To make it easier on yourself, ask guests if they’d be willing to bring an appetizer, side dish, dessert, or beverage – or have some items catered (wink wink).
Advanced Preparation is Your Friend
Take the time to prepare as much as you can in advance: set your table the night before and include a few dishes on the menu that can be made in advance so you’re not making too much on Thanksgiving.
Determine which dishes will need the oven, which ones will cook on the stove, and which ones may require chilling. If you figure out the timing and make a schedule to follow, you’ll avoid the headache that comes along with having different parts of the meal being done at drastically different times.
It can also help to have some finger foods for guests to munch on when they first arrive. This serves two purposes: 1) It gives guests the opportunity to settle in and mingle, and 2) It gives you some time to finish up any last minute preparations in peace. Genius!
Enjoy the Day
Remember that your goal is to do whatever you can to relax and enjoy your guests and the holiday. That’s the whole point – not to have the most beautifully decorated home at the expense of your sanity.
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Happy Thanksgiving from Blue Plate!