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Preparing Thanksgiving dinner and planning it can be very stressful, especially if a large family expects several guests. To make Thanksgiving more enjoyable for yourself and your guests, some plans and arrangement will work miracles. Use these suggestions to make your holiday a stress-free, unforgettable occasion:
Two Weeks Before Thanksgiving:
Two weeks before Thanksgiving, decide who you will invite to your home. If you haven’t decided yet, do so now to allow them and yourself ample time to prepare. If any of your visitors will be bringing a particular dish, add it to your menu.
Deciding upon your final list should be made at least a week before the big day. Count the number of people who will be coming and if you have children on your list, try to plan a few different dishes or treats particularly for them.
The Week of Thanksgiving:
The week of Thanksgiving is the chance to stock up on essential things from the grocery store. List down all the items you need for your recipe, such as the meat, bread, vegetables, etc., and store them in your storage until the day of Thanksgiving. Also, don’t forget to buy napkins, and prepare your kitchen utensils in advance.
The Days before Thanksgiving:
A few days before Thanksgiving, you can make many things in advance to save you more time during the morning of Thanksgiving.
Things like the sauce or salsa can be put in your fridge for a few days. To save time on Thanksgiving morning, you may cut up the vegetables, onions, celery, and any items in advance and store them in plastic ware or a ziplock plastic. Double-check everything on your supply in your kitchen to make sure everything is ready, and you don’t have to go out to go shopping during that day.
Let your children get involved in the planning. Ask them to plan and organize games for their friends who will be coming to your house. Ask them to help you do the decoration or help you with the kitchen if they want to.
Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without a Turkey. A night before Thanksgiving, take the turkey out of the freezer and transfer it to the refrigerator to give it enough time to thaw. Wash and iron your linens a couple of days before Thanksgiving to lessen the amount of work you will do, and you don’t have to worry about the night before Thanksgiving.
As mentioned above, thaw the turkey in advance. One of the things you should do on Thanksgiving morning prepares the turkey and place it in the oven. Prepare the side dishes while waiting for the turkey to cook. Desserts are ideal for being ready the night before to give you more time to do other things in the morning. If you have pre-cooked some of the food on your menu, now is the time to be heated again.
With some planning and preparation, Thanksgiving can be a stress-free (almost) occasion, and you will have plenty of time to enjoy the company of friends and family.