Thanksgiving tips to prepare for the big day

Whether it’s a Thanksgiving family dinner or a Friendsgiving lunch with friends, people across the United States are getting ready for turkey, dressing and dessert. As a lot of time and consideration often goes into planning a Thanksgiving meal, here are some tips to make this year’s Thanksgiving smooth and simple. 

Think about your menu. 
Plan your menu out today. Think about logistics when you’re planning. How much oven space do you have? How much time will everything take to cook? How many individuals are you serving? Does anyone have any dietary restrictions? How much prep time do you have? Answering these questions will help you plan a menu that is thoughtful – and possible. Speaking of which… 

Make some of the dishes ahead of time. 
Many Thanksgiving dishes can be prepared ahead of time. Take advantage of these and make sure you incorporate them into your Thanksgiving Day feast so you spend more time visiting and less time cooking. However, also… 

Remember your store-bought options. 
Whether it’s a catered event or a store-bought pie, don’t forget the purchased items. Not everything has to be homemade. And as you’re deciding on what needs to be purchased from a caterer or a store and what needs to be cooked at your house… 

Get a schedule together. 
Figure out what needs to start cooking when. Put alarms on your phone to remember to take food items out of the oven. Decide what can be done the day before or morning of – such as setting the table, getting ice in glasses (Helpful hint: Put ice in the glasses and store them in the freezer) — and what needs to be put in the oven on Thanksgiving Day. Then, as your guests arrive… 

Delegate. 
Give everyone a job. Everyone wants to help you out – let them help out. Part of their Thanksgiving will be to serve as a blessing to you. Happy Thanksgiving. 


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