Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday because so many families make the time to get together with one another to share a wonderful dinner. Not all families have the time to get together so making it a big to do can become very stressful very fast. Following some of these tips will make your big day run a little easier so you can actually enjoy your time with friends and family.
Tip #1- Organize Your House
A week or so before Thanksgiving, you should start organizing your home. Make sure your guest towels are all washed up and ready to be hung the night before. If you have a spare room, clean it up well and that can be the dedicated shoe and coat room. Having a special area for coats and shoes will help keep your house clutter free while you have a houseful. Pick a new chore each day to tackle and when Thanksgiving comes around you only have to focus on the dinner part and not the cleaning part.
Tip #2- Table Prep
If you have a large table and you’re able to, prepare your table the day before. Set out the table cloth, silverware, cups and anything else you can think of. Don’t forget about the center pieces. If you’re worried about the stuff getting dusty or if you have animals then you can cover it with another tablecloth or a sheet to protect everything. Then right before your guests arrive you can take the sheet off the table, light the candles and you will be all set.
Tip #3- Refrigerator
Clean out the fridge a day or two before Thanksgiving. You will need room for side items and desserts that guest might be bringing over. You will also need to make room for all them wonderful leftovers as well. If you have a half empty fridge things will be a lot easier during guest arrival time and cleanup time.
Tip #4- Drinks
You should get a cooler or two depending on how many people you have coming over and place the drinks in the cooler. If you have a lot of kids coming as well as adults then you can have a kid cooler and an adult cooler. This will keep everyone out of the fridge and it will create more room in the fridge which you will need for food.
Tip #5- Assign Jobs
Making the Thanksgiving dinner, all the desserts and the entire cleanup is a lot of work to get done by yourself. So start assigning things to people so everyone knows what they are doing. If you have older kids, don’t forget to assign them work as well. One kid can be in charge of stocking the cooler and making sure it stays stocked throughout the night. Another kid can be in charge of clearing the table once everyone is done eating. An adult might want to help load the dishwasher and place food in containers. Everyone can have some type of job to do. If they know their job in advance, then your evening will run a lot smoother and will be a less stressful.