We’ve passed Halloween but the holiday time is far from over, and Thanksgiving is almost upon us. In order to make sure that your Thanksgiving dinner is as least stressful as possible, here are a few tips as to how to prepare yourselves to it ahead of time!
1. Make a plan: Poor planning is probably the greatest stressor when you’re trying to execute a large meal. If you want your Thanksgiving dinner to run smoothly you must plan the event carefully and well in advance. Make a list of everything you might need: ingredients, dishes, kitchen accessories, guests, tablescapes, activities and everything else you could think of. Once you know exactly what you’ll need, it will be easier organize everything in an accessible way.
2. Carefully determine your menu: You should pick your turkey recipe as soon as possible and plan additional dishes around the bird. Think about your family favourites, about your own favourites and of course about Thanksgiving classics, and then add in a few new dishes. Be sure to also think about drink options ahead of time and about simple bites to serve as guests arrive – Tasty appetizers benefit the cook as much as the guests as they stay busy munching while you finish up in the kitchen! Also keep in mind that this is your dinner, and that you should serve what you love! While turkey and mashed potatoes are Thanksgiving classics, you can always start your own tasty tradition if that’s what you wish.
3. Prepare some items in advance: The more items you can prepare in advance, the easier your holiday dinner will be. Think about what you needed last year that you didn’t have or upgrade some of your current tools to help ease the cooking process. Don’t forget to shop for your turkey early. If you’re ordering a specialty bird, remember that these can sell out pretty early. If you’re getting a turkey from the supermarket, it always helps to be prepared and order ahead. If you’re buying a frozen turkey, you have time but don’t wait until the last minute.
4. Take a breather: Holiday time is stressful no matter what you do and tends to break your routines completely, which will only stress toy more. While getting ready for Thanksgiving, try to keep the same schedule as before: eat the same kinds of foods you normally eat, get some exercise, and go to bed and get up at the same times as usual. If you keep your body in sync, you’ll keep a level head on your shoulders. Your mind and body work better if they both can take a break, so don’t feel guilty if you put your feet up or read an article or a book for 30 minutes in order to refresh yourself.
5. Ask for help: The trick is knowing when you need help. As Thanksgiving day nears, be realistic. If you simply have too much to do, make some phone calls and get extra help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your partner, parents or even friends. Your goal is to have a fun, Thanksgiving Day, and cooking together might make it even more fun!
Are you interested in even more tips? Watch this short video to get seven more tips that will make your Thanksgiving even better!
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The Stuccu Team