Let’s not sugar coat it, hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be overwhelming no matter if it is your first time or your twentieth. Planning and preparation are the key to a successful Thanksgiving dinner. Hopefully with our helpful tips below, you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying yourself.
Tips for hosting like a boss:
- Start planning your menu now. Pinterest has printable planners that can help keep you organized.
- Get your recipes out. Mom and grandma’s favorite recipes are a must at thanksgiving.
- Start your grocery list. Organize your list by product; meats, dairy, frozen etc. That way you don’t spend money on extra items you don’t need.
- Plan your grocery shopping at least 5 days in advance. The sales should be out by than.
- Make any dishes that can freeze well or stay in fridge 2-3 days in advance. This will save you time and your sanity.
- Utilize your crockpot to keep food warm. That way you are keeping your oven open for the turkey.
- Make sure your house is clean two days prior (I know hard when you have kids)
- Make sure your adult beverages are chilled the night before.
- Don’t forget about bags of ice.
- Feed the kids first. That way the adults can enjoy their food.
- Have your guests bring their favorite dish.
- Don’t forget the dessert. No shame in ordering from a bakery.
- Set the table at least one day before.
- Assign seats. You can make thanksgiving place cards for your guests. That way everyone is more comfortable.
- Lastly, enjoy yourself and your guests! It’s hard work hosting a Thanksgiving feast.
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