Are you the one hosting the big Thanksgiving dinner at your home? I understand what you might be feeling if you are because it can seem like a monumental task. Do you think I'm overwhelmed lately because it seems like I'm sure posting a lot about organization. I tend to post as the inspiration strikes and organization seems to be on my thoughts a lot. Guess I'm feeling the need to be more organized with the holidays approaching.
Anyway, here are a few tips to help you get ready for the big dinner coming up in just 2 1/2 weeks from now.
1. Start eating out of your refrigerator and freezer now to help make room in them. Make sure your refrigerator is clean and has plenty of space for salads, desserts and sides.
2. Don't do all the work by yourself. If anyone offers to bring something, LET THEM!!! Get the kids involved in helping get the house ready and assign older children a recipe to make.
3. Make a menu. Write your menu out from appetizers to desserts and include the drinks. Having a menu helps when people ask what they can bring. You can go through your menu and let them choose from your list of choices. If you know your aunt always makes the best pumpkin pie and she wants to bring a dish, suggest she makes dessert for you.
4. Grocery shop early. I'm already stocking up on baking and candy making supplies for all the holidays. Go ahead and buy your canned pumpkin or canned cranberry sauce now to have it ready. Also get your beverages now.
5. Look at your recipes and cook what you can in advance. Some stuffing recipes taste better the second day when the flavors have had a chance to mix together.
6. Get the house in order as early ahead of time as possible. Then on Thanksgiving day just quickly check the bathrooms and set out clean towels.
7. Keep your appetizers easy. Simple cheese and crackers, a fruit plate. Don't choose complicated recipes for the appetizers.
8. Have plastic containers ready to hold the leftovers.
9. Give thanks as you prepare your home for this blessed holiday season. As you clean and cook ask the good Lord to give your family safe travels, good health and take the time to remember your all the blessings that have been given to you. Try to set the mood by being cheerful, calm and quiet. Play some peaceful music and you will be creating memories for your children and family that will last a lifetime.
Blessings and Happy Homemaking,