If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year, you are probably feeling a mix of emotions ranging from excited, totally stressed out, and maybe nervous about seeing relatives you haven't seen since Christmas. You want every detail to be perfect. The reality is that the turkey will take longer to cook than you think, you might burn the apple pie, and someone might have one too many drinks, but here are a few tips to help ease your stress:
- Delegate, delegate, delegate. Get a group message going between everyone who is coming. Assign people to bring food, drinks, etc. Just because you're hosting, doesn't mean you have to be responsible for everything.
- Remember that everyone probably has multiple offers for Thanksgiving. As families grow, it can be a little tricky to get together around the holidays. Try not to get too worked up when someone decides they may not have time to make it to multiple homes.
- There's no shame in making food the day before. In fact, it's a good idea to be prepared and cook what you can beforehand. Sides are one of the easiest items to make before.
- Go through each recipe and make sure you have every ingredient you need. You don't want make multiple trips to the grocery. If you are making a dish that requires specific ingredients, make sure to do your shopping ahead of time. You probably aren't the only one baking those special yeast rolls.
- Have plenty of wine and plenty of appetizers. Make sure to hold your guests over with drinks and appetizers before dinner.
- You'll need a space for everyone who wants to watch football. I suggest a big TV with surround sound preferably in a basement or separate room. That way if not everyone wants to watch, they don't have to.
- If you're going to have kids at your Thanksgiving, make sure you have something for them to do. You'll want a space where the kids can hang out, play, color, and keep themselves busy.
Honestly, I think people put too much pressure on themselves to be the perfect hostess (yes, I do this too), but what really matters is the people you're with, the conversations you have, and the wine you share.
I wish you and your family and friends the best Thanksgiving.