Is there such a thing as a stress-free Thanksgiving? Actually, there is! With just a few time saving tips, you can help ensure that your Thanksgiving plans go off without a hitch!
Create a seating chart for dinner– Having a seating plan for Thanksgiving dinner will save you some time, rather than having your guests taking 20 minutes to figure out where they want to sit. Make sure that your seat is the closest to the kitchen area, so you can easily move back and forth as needed. Your partner should be seated across from you. Those who are left-handed need to sit on the corner seats. If your mother and your Aunt Clare don’t get along, then don’t seat them near each other.
Do non-food preparation work early– Don’t wait until Thanksgiving morning to discover that you don’t have enough napkins to go around or your best China is a bit dusty. The week before Thanksgiving, ensure you have enough dinnerware, napkins, utensils and serving dishes and that they are washed and dried.
Make some dishes ahead of time– One thing that will make Thanksgiving Day easier is to prepare several dishes in advance. So, what can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge? You can cut vegetable sticks for vegetable platters and store in Ziploc bags. Dips, sauces and spreads can also be prepared in advance and stored in airtight containers. Most soups can be made ahead of time, as can desserts like cheesecakes and cookies.
Ensure you will have enough food for everyone– The last thing you want is to spend hours preparing a Thanksgiving feast and then run out of food. As a general rule of thumb, per person- one pound of turkey, 1 medium potato or yam, ¾ cup of stuffing, 3 ounces of carrots, 1/3 cup of gravy, 2 dinner rolls and one 3-inch wedge of pie.
Not everything needs to be made from scratch– Believe it or not, you don’t need to cook every part of your Thanksgiving meal from scratch. It really is okay to purchase a few parts of the meal. For instance, you can purchase your pies from the local bakery or you can buy your appetizers from the frozen section of your local grocery store.
Do you have any Thanksgiving time saving tips to share?