Thanksgiving is JUST around the corner and in sweet anticipation of this very special holiday, I thought it would be helpful to share some of my favorite tips for a stress free celebration.
Let’s kick frustration and anxiety to the curb and welcome this joyous occasion with open arms!
1. Decorate your dining room the night prior to Thanksgiving.
Sometimes Thanksgiving decorations are an afterthought (sadly), or if you are like me, they are something you obsess over! I can literally spend ALL day decorating a dining room table, so I’ve found it very helpful to do this task in advance. That way, on Thanksgiving day, I can simply enjoy the decor and not fall behind on my cooking schedule. This is something that could also be done several days in advance (can you say over achiever?!?!?)… which would allow you even more time to enjoy that lovely table scape you created from your Pinterest board.
2. Buy a fresh turkey (from a butcher) so you don’t have to worry about thaw time.
Let’s face it, thawing a turkey is a pain. Its totally confusing, AND that thing takes up a lot of valuable real estate in your freezer. So why not buy a fresh turkey? Fresh is ALWAYS better, right? RIGHT. You and your guests will be so pleased when your fresh turkey comes out of the oven golden brown, perfectly cooked, and ready to devour as opposed to hopefully thawed, hopefully cooked, and hopefully safe to consume.
3. One word: Delegate.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be one of those perfectly put together I-can-do-it-all-just-call-me-Bobby-Flay people in the kitchen on the morning of Thanksgiving? If you are, skip this tip and move on to tip number four. If, like me, you are not, then delegate, delegate, DELEGATE. I absolutely LOVE to cook and fancy myself a pretty good one at that, but I also have a demanding day job that requires much of my time. I don’t have the time or energy to pull out all the stops by myself so I have found delegation to be one of the easiest ways to prepare for Thanksgiving. I make a menu, choose the dishes I love to make, and then delegate the rest to my loved ones. Easy as pumpkin pie. 😉
4. Make all the dishes that you can ahead and then prep, prep, prep.
As I said, I love to cook. However, I do not like to cook when I am under the gun. So, to ensure I am able to enjoy my ENTIRE Thanksgiving celebration, I do a lot of prep work ahead of time. I prepare all the dishes I have chosen to make and that can be prepared in advance (after delegating of course) the night before Thanksgiving. I also chop vegetables and ready as many ingredients as I can so that when its time for me to cook the day of, all the hard work is done. If you are a real planner and over achiever, only choose dishes that can be prepared the night before, then the day of, all you have to do is pop those yummy concoctions in the oven! Again, easy as pumpkin pie.
5. Take a breath, relax, and enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones.
This tip is my favorite. Thanksgiving only happens one time a year, and for many of us, may be the only time we see cherished loved ones. Enjoy it! Don’t worry about everything having to be perfect as nothing ever is. Take a breath, relax, journal about all the things you are thankful for, and simply enjoy your loved ones… and be grateful for all these tips you implemented in advance so you could have a stress free celebration!
I’m THANKFUL you stopped by today to read my blog.
From my heart to yours, I wish you a fabulous THANKSGIVING!
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