Now that Halloween is over and we are all sick of that candy, it’s time to start thinking about Turkey Day. I love, love everything about it, especially that it comes on the heels of Halloween. Halloween kicks starts the Fall holiday season in my household. But, it is still stressing. There is not much time to plan, and I doubt that you pre-planned Thanksgiving at the beginning of the year. Yeap, exactly. Anyways, let me share with you my top 3 hacks that help you make Thanksgiving go as Smoothly as gravy – ah you see, me trying to be clever with words. Anyways, here they are your top 3 hacks for Thanksgiving.
1. Decide on the Venue – Quick. Decide where you are going or if you are hosting it. We hosted last year and we spent three days of prepping and cooking. All for the food to disappear in less than 30 minutes. Even if you go to someone else’s house for Thanksgiving, you may have to take a plate or you may have to travel. So to avoid stress and expect more enjoyment, figure out where you are spending Turkey Day.
2. Are you cooking? – If you are hosting Thanksgiving, you better plan out your week very well. First thing to do is to write down the menu, even if you know exactly the regular dishes, write it down. Last year, my husband took two days before Thanksgiving to buy and prep the food. We actually cooked and prepped most of the dishes the Wednesday before because we were cooking all from scratch and all our close family was coming. If you are hosting it, take out pen and paper and make a list of what you will be needing, how much prep time you will need, estimate cost and plan to take extra time from work so you that you have enough time to prepare your house and food for the main event. And in the case that you are not hosting Thanksgiving, you will probably take a dish – I know you can take wine and beer, but I have noticed that for Thanksgiving people really get inspired and take a dish to eat. So talk to the hostess and offer to take a side side in addition to alcohol, of course.
3. Can I sit here? – I always forget about having enough sitting. You’d think I’m an expert by now, but every year it’s like I’m hit by turkey amnesia. I never remember to have enough chairs or sitting room for all my guests. I end up going to Home Depot and buying extra patio plastic chairs. So learn from my experience, think about your sitting arrangements before turkey day. And if you are going to someone else’s house for Thanksgiving then offer to help out with the set up if you can.
On turkey day, we all eat yummy food and get to do it with our loved ones. Follow my three hacks and it will go smoothly, I guarantee it!