Let’s face it we love having friends and family over for events but it comes with a price, sometimes our sanity. Check out my list to help your holiday be as stress free as possible so you can enjoy being a holiday host!
- Finalize your menu before shopping.
- Make a detailed list of ingredients, beverages, napkins, party items (plates, knives, forks, decorations), Tupperware, foil, parchment paper, plastic wrap before shopping.
- Wash all casserole dishes, serving dishes, wine glasses, plates, silverware the night before.
- Pre-make as much as possible. Homemade cranberry sauce, roast sweet potatoes, brine the turkey, chop veggies, peel carrots, chop apples (add lemon juice to keep from browning)
Make a game plan!
- Make a game plan. Think of things ahead of time like: What can you make in slow cooker? What can you make in the toaster oven?
- Pie, tarts and cakes can be made early in the morning. Assemble dishes that need to bake while these are in the oven. Get turkey dressed/prepared and allow to sit in fridge.
Ask for help!
- Farm out dishes: Have a detailed list of things you want others to bring: mixed nuts, wine, cheese tray, pie, whipped cream, specific dish. Specify ahead of time if they need to cook it at home. I recommend you give dishes that don’t requires being hot unless they can be kept warm in the slow cooker. Let’s be honest, your oven will be full and your stove crammed with pots. When can they really make their dish without being in your way?
- Why should you be the only crazy one? Have someone help you set the table, keep an eye on the food cooking, entertain guests.
- Ask people to bring Tupperware, folding chairs, etc. There is nothing worse than having to buy seating for one event. Even worse – losing your Tupperware because you need to get rid of leftovers.
- Have a plan for the dog/animals. Big groups can be overwhelming for some pets. Be sure they are being cared for properly.
- Have easy to make appetizers in case the food takes longer than expected!
- Games: Have games for people to play to get to know each other or keep the kids entertained while you are cooking.
- Have a back-up: box of mashed potatoes, box of stuffing, veggie burger, and canned cranberry sauce.
- Have things for picky eaters so everyone can enjoy the holiday meal.
- Don’t forget about those vegetarians!!
- Have a glass of wine.
- Lead the family by example.
- Remember, you are celebrating each other.
- No one is going to enjoy Thanksgiving if you are in a bad mood!!
What About You?!
- Do you have any holiday or Thanksgiving prepping tips you can share?
- Do you have any recommendations on what NOT to do when prepping?