November 10th 2010 08:28 am
Thanksgiving is a very important holiday to a lot of families. It is a time when distant relatives get together for a meal and share old memories and make new ones. It is also one of the more stressful times for you if you happen to be the one hosting the get-together.
You want everything to be perfect so you bring out your fine dinnerware and WMF flatware for the occasion. You bake your old standbys and clean your home until it sparkles. Once the event is over you are left with a mountain of leftovers and dirty dishes to clean up.
Make things easier on yourself. You deserve to enjoy the holiday too rather than being strapped to the stove. Here are a few tips to make Thanksgiving entertaining go a little easier on you:
- Cook in advance. You can cook most of the foods you will be serving in advance and simply warm them up right before meal time. Spend the days leading up to Thanksgiving cooking and freezing foods so you won’t be so worn out on the big day.
- Ask for help. Don’t try to do everything yourself. Ask relatives to cook side items or if they can’t do that, ask them to help you serve or clean up afterwards.
- Plan the day ahead of time. Even if you have years of Thanksgiving entertaining under your belt, it is always a good idea to plan the day well in advance so you have enough dinnerware and won’t need to dash to the store for a forgotten recipe ingredient.
- Go easy on yourself. You are probably the only one who expects you to be perfect so relax and enjoy your day as much as possible. Who really cares if you burn the biscuits? The food isn’t what is important about Thanksgiving, it is spending time with your loved ones and you don’t want to miss it because you spend all your time in the kitchen.