15 Simple Tips To Help Reduce Stress and Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Dinner
- Make sure to take the giblets out of the turkey.
- Set the alarm for the morning of Thanksgiving so you can wake up and put the bird in and go back to sleep.
- Make as many of the sides before so all you have to do is ether warm them up if they are pre-cooked or bake them if not pre-cooked.
- Another alternative is purchasing pre-made sides from the grocery store many are as good as homemade.
- Have family and friends all make a dish similar to a “Pot Luck”
- Another idea is have everyone bring a favorite Thanksgiving dish and you provide the turkey.
- You provide the meal and ask friends to bring desserts and wine.
- Invite friends that don’t have family in the area. If you have relatives coming they will be on their best behavior and it reduces stress.
- Don’t feel obligated to invite family.
- Pre-set the table 1-2 days in advance put serving dishes out so all you have to do is put the food on and fill the glasses. Visual: A beautiful pre-set table.
- Purchase everything 2 weeks before. Items will be less expensive, less lines and you know the items will be in stock.
- Don’t feel obligated to cook. All the grocery stores have Thanksgiving dinners you can order in advance.
- Don’t do what you don’t like to do. Job it out — If you don’t like to do dishes order them from Party Plus and they will drop them off and pick them up and you don’t have to do the dishes.
- If you have to go to multiple Thanksgiving dinners eat the entrée at one, veggies at the other and desserts at the last one.
- Relax and have fun. Don’t feel bad saying NO or asking people to help.
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