Lets face it, hosting a Thanksgiving dinner can somewhat be a hustle. Especially if its your first time doing it and her parents are coming over. Maybe you wanted to ask for her fathers blessing and you forgot what type of whisky he likes. How’s that for pressure? Whether or not you’re hosting your soon to be in laws or child hood friends, and whether or not its your first time, there’s always that pressure to impress and offer your best. We end up overwhelming ourselves trying to create a perfect thanksgiving dinner. The kind you see in movies and magazines.
Incase you’re in a similar situation, feeling stressed up to your neck, we have a few simple tips on how to host a stress free Thanksgiving dinner that will create a lasting memory. A good one of course.
- Set your table the night before. In fact, do as much as you can a day or two before-pick dishes that you can make in advance and reheat just before guests arrive.
- Keep the menu simple. There may be 10 fabulous new recipes you are dying to try, but Thanksgiving is not the time to try them all.
- Ask someone to come early and bring appetizers so guests have something to nibble on when they arrive. That way you can put the finishing touches on the meal and everyone can have a drink and mingle in the living room. This is actually a really nice way to break the ice before everyone sits down at the table.
- There is no shame in ordering some of your food from a restaurant or a grocery store. Maybe you hate cooking turkey or you simply can’t make one — order it! Enjoying your guests is the goal, and they would rather have a relaxed you than an over-the-top meal that keeps you chained to the kitchen all day.
- Think about which dishes can be made in advance (the more the better!), which ones will need the oven, which can cook on the stove top, and which need to be chilled. The timing of Thanksgiving can be tricky since the turkey is in the oven for several hours leading up to the meal, and there are usually other dishes that need to go in the oven too.