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Hosting Thanksgiving: Here’s a Fool Proof Plan for the Perfect Day

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare for the festive holiday! Whether you’ve hosted Thanksgiving before or it’s your first time, here’s a fool proof plan for a perfect Thanksgiving holiday!

1. Make a Plan
Having a plan and sticking to it during Thanksgiving will definitely make your day fairly stress free. Make a list of things that need to be done prior to the day, as well as how many guests you are expecting, if anyone is bringing something, and what you’ll need for the day. If you do this ahead of time, it will make your day easier and you’ll be prepared with everything you need for a smooth Thanksgiving!

2. Don’t Turn Down Help
If someone offers help or to bring something, never turn it down! Thanksgiving is often a potluck affair, so let friends and family bring things and you can delegate what everyone is in charge of!

3. Make as Much Ahead as Possible
The last minute rush of dinner is always the most stressful. Make it easier on yourself and make as many dishes as you can ahead of time. Think about dishes or a part of the meal that you can make before the holiday that can be reheated. This way you won’t have to worry about making a bunch of dishes all at once!

4. Stick to the Classics
If it’s your first time hosting Thanksgiving, then it’s not the time to experiment with different recipes. That’ll just add more stress to your day and you’re not even sure if everyone will enjoy it! So stick the classics and if you want to add a new recipe try it before the holiday comes around so you know how to make it.

5. Do Non-Food Prep Ahead of Time
The food isn’t the only thing that needs to be prepped for the holiday. All the non-food items used during the holiday should be prepped as well. This includes pulling out all the serving dishes you’ll need and washing them, setting the table ahead of time, and making sure you have everything you need for a wonderful holiday. If you get these done ahead of time, you won’t have to deal with them while you’re trying to cook a wonderful dinner!

6. Don’t Stress Over Appetizers
If you’re planning on serving appetizers before the big meal remember not to stress yourself out over them. In fact, if you want, ask your guests that want to help and bring something to bring an appetizer! Then, you won’t have to worry about this aspect of the holiday.

7. Have Beverages Ready To Go
Drinks are just as important as the Thanksgiving meals itself. Make sure to have a set up of different drinks that everyone has easy access to so they can help themselves. Also, you might want to invest in an ice bucket so ice is available to your guests!

8. Buy Parts of you Meal
If you are too stressed or if there is too much on your plate, then feel free to buy parts of your Thanksgiving meal. You shouldn’t feel guilty for not making everything from scratch. If you know a great bakery that make a pumpkin pie that is to die for, then go ahead and buy it! This will make the day more relaxing for you.

9. Enjoy the Holiday
During all this prep and cooking make sure to enjoy the holiday as well! Don’t get stuck in your head stressing about how everything will come out. Take some breaks in between and interact with all of your friends and family. Besides, the holiday is about gathering with friends and family and being thankful, so relax, enjoy, and be thankful!

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