Ah, Thanksgiving! A time when friends and family come together at a perfectly set table to enjoy a delicious feast and reminisce on the bounty of the past year. At least that’s how it’s supposed to go, right? Depending on your level of involvement in making said feast, it can also be a day filled with stressful moments. Fear not! Whether you’re tackling a full spread or just bringing a dish to the potluck, we’ve got you covered with our 5 tips for a stress-free Thanksgiving celebration.
Tip #1 Plan ahead
The holidays sneak up on us! It seems it’s just Memorial Day weekend then suddenly it after Halloween and Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away. Make a timeline and master list of everything that needs to happen.
You should already have determined your guest list, figured out the menu and written your shopping list, and decided who will be doing what (part of taking the stress off is not doing everything yourself.)
If you only follow one of these suggestions, then planning ahead should be it.
Tip #2 Never turn down help
Don’t be afraid to let people help you out before, during, and after your Thanksgiving meal. In fact, don’t wait for them to offer—delegate. Make a chore list for your kids (don’t forget grandkids) and husband. Have them help you get the house ready so you can focus on cooking and planning.
Give them jobs like peeling potatoes and chopping vegetables. Working with your family to make the meal makes the holiday more fun and worthwhile anyway. Don’t forget to include everyone in the clean up after the meal.
It is so easy to be worn out during the holidays. Don’t do too much yourself and be sure to take some time for yourself. Every little bit of personal time counts. Write this on your To Do list if you need help making sure it happens.
Tip #3 Keep it Simple
Minimize stress by cutting out work you don’t need to do. Don’t make your Thanksgiving meal complicated with complex dishes and fancy decor. Rather, keep it simple and fun. Don’t make a big deal over appetizers. Don’t experiment with new recipes.
In my experience you always end up making more food than you end up needing. So, think about that, do you really need 5 pies for a gathering of 10 people?
Tip #4 Celebrate!
Relax, have fun, and live in the spirit of the holiday! Be present in the moment with your family and friends. You may have other Thanksgivings in the future, but this one is still special. Be sure to enjoy and mingle. It’s easy to get caught up in hosting and getting everything perfect, don’t forget they are there to see you, not for you to be hidden away in the kitchen!
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to like and share this post. Because you know what? Your friends might need these tips too. In fact, I’m sure of it.