It’s that time of year again! Time for families to get together for a huge homemade feast, eat until they can’t and then sit in front of a TV in a food coma. But it can also be a stressful time of year for those individuals preparing the actual meal. There is so much to get done and when you are cooking for a large party, it makes it even more stressful. So, how can those of us preparing the meal have a stress free day? I have found some helpful tips that can make this year’s Thanksgiving run a lot smoother.
Preparing your home:
- Deep clean your home this Sunday or Monday. It is always a lot easier to have a get-together when your surrounding environment is clean. Plus, it makes it seem like less to clean once everyone leaves.
- Empty all trash cans and the dishwasher the night before.
- Decorate with a few fall/Thanksgiving decorations. Just make it feel a little more festive in your home.
- Come up with some Thanksgiving crafts for the little ones you have. A little distraction for them will turn out to be a big help for you.
Prepping for Dinner:
- Purchasing your turkey Thanksgiving is going to be a mad house, but waiting till the day before to find the perfect turkey may kick you in the butt. Purchase your turkey a few days before. Better safe than sorry, right?
- Prepare as much as you can in advance. If there are some things that can be made ahead of time, make them the day before. My mom always makes her pies the day before Thanksgiving to take some of the stress off of herself.
- The day before, plan an exact time to stick the turkey in the oven. No turkey=No Thanksgiving.
- Is there a recipe that can cook in a slow cooker/crock pot? That might take some of the load off of your shoulders.
- Have a dessert ready for those who don’t like pie. Believe it or not, there are people in the world who don’t like pie. I am guilty of this sadly.
And don’t forget to be thankful for what we have. Reflect on everything that has happened in our world this year comparing it to the things we have to be thankful for. Cherish those around you. Last but not least, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
How do you prep for Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comment box below.