Planning for Thanksgiving
It’s that time of year again! Halloween is over, the election is over and it is officially the holiday season. You know what that means? We only have three short weeks to prepare for the biggest and best meal of the year. It’s Thanksgiving time!!
Family & friends, food, giving thanks, acknowledging our gratefulness and the general good cheer makes this my favorite holiday. But it is also a very, very busy time, even if you don’t plan on hosting the big dinner. So in order to really savor these moments, it is important to plan! If we spread it out over the next few weeks, we can reduce the stress and breathe a bit easier.
I’ve found this timeline from yumsugar to be helpful. Here are some more of my favorite tips:
– Prepare a list of your dinner guests (how many children, ask about food allergies and alcohol preferences to save yourself some surprises or headaches)
– Write out the menu and a shopping list while reading over each recipe
– Decide whether you want to ask people (family and friends) to help you by bringing parts of the meal (wine, dessert, appetizers, side dishes) or by coming early to help in the kitchen. Make sure everyone knows what they are bringing and what, if any, serving dishes and utensils they should also bring.
– Make sure your have all the kitchen equipment you will need, especially a large roasting pan if you are roasting the turkey.
– If you are baking pies for dessert, make the dough for the crust, roll it out, lay it into the pie plates, wrap in plastic wrap, and freeze. This can be done up to one month ahead of time.
– Clean out the refrigerator to make room for the Thanksgiving dinner groceries and prepared dishes.
– Do your shopping now and purchase all non-perishables. Wait until Monday or Tuesday before Thanksgiving to buy perishable items.
– Above all else, have fun and relax. These are your family and friends!
I’ll be back next week with recipe suggestions to add to your menu!