Easy Thanksgiving Tips To Help You Through The Holidays

by Emma W.R. on October 25, 2013

Before you know it, it’s going to be that time again. Thanksgiving time! When you are preparing for the big day, you could feel overwhelmed with last minute running around, meal details, pre and post-clean up, and everything else that goes into the holiday. Whether this is your very first year hosting, or you’re a veteran pro, you can never go wrong with some “words of wisdom” to lend a hand with the process. Careful preparation is the key to a no-stress holiday, so here are some helpful tips for a smooth sailing Thanksgiving!

  • Guest List – Find out which family and friends will be celebrating with you for the entire day, and who might be just stopping over for dessert and a cocktail. Thanksgiving Invitations are a great way to get the word out without having to call every family member you have!Pumpkin Pie Photo Thanksgiving Invitation Cards
  • Check List – A week before Thanksgiving is usually the quiet before the storm! Take this time to check amounts of plates, serving dishes, utensils, and other supplies. Do a head count and a place setting count so you know how many of everything you’ll need to what you actually have on-hand.
  • Menu – Write out your menu in advance. This way you don’t have too much or too little food for your guests. Don’t get cute and test out a super hard recipe you never made before. Stick to what you know, or what you think you can handle.
  • Prep Work – You won’t have much time to cook on the actual day, especially since you want to be able to spend time with loved ones. Prep work is essential for a simpler Thanksgiving. Taking care of some food a day or two in advance will make T-Day that much smoother. Chop onions, celery, carrots, and any small items that are part of a larger task and store them in individual containers or small Ziploc bags. Make desserts and prepare appetizers a day ahead, so you don’t waste time (and oven space) on foods that are not being served hot.Thanksgiving Meal Prep
  • Clean Up – Clean as you go! The mess is so much less overwhelming if you wash dishes and/or run the dishwasher throughout the day. If you have extra hands, it is helpful if one or two people are assigned damage control duty. Have the kids help clean the table, ask a friend to take the dog out for a quick walk around the block, have Aunt Carol take out the pies and get the dessert plates ready, or ask one of the guys to take out extra trash bags during the football game commercials.

All in all, if you make a few plans, write a few lists, and call in a few troops for some help, you’ll have a successful and enjoyable day with all your loved ones. Now there’s something to give Thanks for!

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Margaret November 25, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Here it is 2 days left til Thanksgiving and i just found out that I will be hosting 18 people. Guess I should have sent the invitations. It went from 3 people to 18. Had I sent invitations I would have been more prepared. Better get to work.


Corrine November 12, 2013 at 10:46 am

I pretty much do what’s on your list but I never thought to send invitations. This would have come in handy a few years ago when my sister in law insisted that she invited the family for dinner before I did. We ended up going to her house and she obviously vould have used your check list. It might be too late for this year but i am definitely sending invitations next year.


Marisa D October 31, 2013 at 8:58 am

I have been having Thanksgiving quite a few years. Organization is key. If family offers to bring something accept the invitation graciously. Every little bit helps. Whatever you can accomplish before the big day including setting the table eases the level of stress. Count your blessings on Thanksgiving. Remembering to enjoy food, family and creating memories is your ultimate goal.


Ann Winters October 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

I think sending invitations out is a creative idea and I think receiving one is very helpful. When your invited so far in advance it’s great to have the reminder, especially for the start time. I always make a list when I do have Thanksgiving at my house so I don’t forget anything and avoids me running back to the store. The best suggestion is chopping everything in advance because that is such a time saver. If you use these helpful tips, it will make for a relaxing holiday.


Rebecca October 28, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I am hosting my first Thanksgiving with my husband’s family this year. I’m quite nervous about it. Not only am I stressed out about getting the house in order but also about making a delicious dinner. I find these tips to be very useful. I now have a guideline as to where to start. Wish me luck on hosting my first Thanksgiving and making a meal that my mother in law will be proud of.


Clara V. October 28, 2013 at 5:08 pm

This is a really good list. I have personal experience with trying out a complicated recipe the day of – it didn’t work out and I was totally devastated. My family tends to want to the classic dishes we have year after year anyway! Oh and I am definitely a huge believer in “cleaning as you go” – it saves SO much hassle and you don’t feel like crying when you go back in the kitchen after dinner, haha!


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