Don't get Gobbled Up by Thanksgiving Stress

So its the Friday before Thanksgiving. And if you are wondering like me, where on earth did time go and why is Thanksgiving next week? Don't panic! Thanksgiving is strictly a time to give thanks for friends, family, loved ones, and life itself. Don't ruin it with anxiety of trying to do so much by yourself. Here are some easy tips for a stress-free Thanksgiving! 

Make a list and, yes, check it twice

Since we have a week before Thanksgiving, gather up the recipes you’ll use for the big day and read them carefully. Make a shopping list of all the items you’ll need to make your feast. Be sure to determine if you have all the pots, pans and utensils you’ll need, too. If you don’t, you might consider borrowing items. 

Add a head count to your list, too. Sure, Cousin Chloe might instead opt to go to her boyfriend’s house for dinner at the last minute, but at least you’ll have a general idea of how much you’ll need to make for your dinner. Lists will be a big help to keep you organized.

Timing is everything

Go back to your recipes and check them yet again. This time, figure out cooking times for each of your dishes so you know what to put in the oven (or fridge or salad bowl) and when and how much time you’ll need to cook or prepare each dish. Be sure to look for things that you can make ahead of time, like cranberry sauce. When making pies, make the dough a few days before and store in the frezzer until you are ready to use them.

Delegate, delegate, delegate

If you’re having guests, chances are they’ll offer to bring something. Take them up on it! Even though your family loves your mashed potatoes the best, your guests can still contribute without taking on the beloved taters!

Ask your guests to bring things you still need, like the beverages, ice or an appetizer. That will help free up your valuable time and still allow your guests to contribute.

Appetizers are a great distraction to keep your family and guests sidetracked (and satisfied) from asking, "Is it ready yet?"

Decorate for the holidays

A warm and pretty setting can be the crowning glory to your big meal. Make a plan to ensure you have at least a few easy ideas to help make your home and table inviting. This can range from something easy, like gathering a few pumpkins and gourds together in different spots, to creating a pretty centerpiece.

And remember to give thanks! Happy Holidays!!!!