Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it’s time to plan the perfect dinner for your family. But how can you pull off an amazing Thanksgiving dinner without all of the stress and exhaustion that typically comes with it? Mr. Clean Can is ready to share his tips with you so you can enjoy your Thanksgiving this year!
Never Turn Down Help
If this is the only tip you take away from Mr. Clean Can’s list, it will still greatly help alleviate any stress you’d otherwise experience while hosting Thanksgiving dinner on your own. Any time someone offers to help prepare a dish, set the table, clean, or any other task, we suggest taking them up on the offer! If no one is offering, another suggestion we have is to delegate tasks to your family members, so you have some helping hands!
Prepare Ahead of Time
Are there any dishes you can make before Thanksgiving that you can keep in the fridge until it’s time to serve? If so, we suggest making them ahead of time, so it’s one less dish to worry about. If you’re planning on putting up any decorations, or if you need to tidy up, spread this out over the week before Thanksgiving, so that when the day finally comes, you won’t have to juggle cooking and cleaning.
Purchase Pre-Made Items
You don’t have to make every dish from scratch! If there’s a dish you don’t enjoy making, or that stresses you out, just buy it from the store! Many grocery stores have a lot of delicious options for you, and all you have to do is sit the dish out, or heat it up in the microwave or oven, and it’s ready to go.
Plan Your Day
If you’re the type of person that needs a timeline to follow throughout the day, make one! Be sure to include all tasks, even if you think you’ll remember to do the task without a reminder, write it down. Chances are, while you’re in the middle of preparing everything, you’ll forget that one task you need to complete, which will add more stress to your day.
Easy Appetizers and Drinks
To give yourself some extra time to cook and get ready for the day, we suggest putting out some pre made appetizers and drinks for everyone. If everyone has something to munch on and has a drink in their hand, it’s less likely they will be hovering over you waiting on the meal to be ready. We suggest easy appetizers such as chips and dips, crackers and cheese, and so on, that you won’t have to prepare on your own. The same goes for whatever drink(s) you decide to serve.
The most important part of the day is to enjoy it! Once you realize not everything will go perfectly, it’s much easier to relax and enjoy Thanksgiving. Join everyone in eating, drinking, and whatever other activities you may have planned for the day. Not only is everyone there to eat, but Thanksgiving is also about spending time with the people you’re grateful for, including you!
Do you have any tips for hosting Thanksgiving? If so, share them with us in the comments below!