Hosting Thanksgiving can be stressful. For months you’ve been thinking about the perfect meal. Looking through cookbooks, magazines only to get more stressed out by seeing perfect birds, side dishes and desserts. It can be overwhelming and a bit intimidating. The pressure of making the perfect meal combined with the reality that you are hosting relatives can put anyone over the edge.
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to stress you out, it can actually be a ton of fun. If you look at Thanksgiving as a time to get everyone together and enjoy quality time spent with people you love, then all the planning and hard work will be worth it. I’ve hosted Thanksgiving 2 times. Once when my oldest son was 5 months old and I had my divorced in laws (that were not speaking), then again last year when my brother and his family came in from out of town. I would say the first time was a bit more stressful on many levels. I learned from those early days and made our 2013 Thanksgiving even better. When hosting you should want that day to be a memorable and rewarding experience for you and your guests. Here are a few things that has helped me survive hosting Thanksgiving.
Taking the Stress Out of Thanksgiving with These 6 Tips
PLAN AHEAD – A few weeks before the big day plan out your menu and make sure you order that fresh turkey.
MAKE AHEAD – Find recipes that you can make the day before or even a few days before. If you are making homemade rolls those can be done a few weeks ahead of time and then freeze to keep fresh. Pie crusts can be made even months ahead and keep frozen.
TABLE SETTING – If you are using your best China make sure you wash and have those ready a few days beforehand then set the table the day before. If you have pets or small children cover the table with another table cloth to keep everything clean.
BYOB – Most of the time you are having family and close friends joining you on Thanksgiving. No one is going to mind bringing a bottle of wine, in fact I am sure they will insist on bringing something…take them up on it!
ASK FOR HELP – If you are feeling totally stressed or know ahead of time that you will not be able to make everything, ask for help. Ask your aunt to bring her favorite pie or best friend to make that great appetizer that everyone loves. It saves you time and money.
THINK OF OTHERS – Another way to celebrate Thanksgiving is by giving back. There are many organizations locally that work hard to make sure families have a special meal for Thanksgiving. Check with your child’s school to see if they are doing Thanksgiving meals for families, if not maybe you can start one.
Looking for more Thanksgiving ideas? Head over to my Thanksgiving Pinterest Board for inspiring ideas.