Let's be honest - Thanksgiving can get a little stressful. Yes, it's family, friends and a huge meal. But...it's family, friends and a HUGE meal! That's where we come in. We're here to offer hints, tips and suggestions on how to make the holidays less stressful and more enjoyable.
Tip #1: Assign duties. This one seems simple and I know a lot of you may already do this. But also be strategic about it. Don't assign the "always late" guest the appetizers. Be flexible. Let guests bring dishes that they love - not just want is needed. We know it pushes a few boundaries, but it won't actually kill anyone if there isn't green bean casserole on the table.
Tip#2: Make two lists. 1.) A basic to-do list. List it all off - what do you need to do. It will keep you on track and give you a sense of accomplishment. 2.) List your recipes. Then list all of the utensils you need to cook the recipe AND all of the utensils you need to serve them - we call this an Equipment List. It's a way that caterer's and food professionals stay on top of all of the items that they need for a event.
Tip #3: Check your cookware and utensils against your equipment list. Do you have enough saucepans? Serving spoons? Stock up on disposable serving utensils. What about aluminum foil and plastic wrap? Make sure you have a roll of each of these life savers on hand.
Tip #4: SIMPLIFY!! Pare it down. You don't have to do it all. You should also get a chance to enjoy the day. You don't need seven different sides and twelve pies. Replicate several veggies and starches in larger batches to make your time more efficient.
Tip #5: Start planning your menu today. Nail it down and get down to business. GO!! Don't wait until the last minute. Make sure you have a plan to follow and your day will go much more smoothly.
Here are a few of our favorite Thanksgiving Recipes: