I absolutely love the holidays, and although I complain at times, the truth is I love hosting a party. Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that can burn you out if you try to over do. Here are some simple steps that have helped me, keep it simple, fun, and above all, helped me stay a bit energetic after everything is over with….
#1: Start your planning early:
Make those phone calls or send your invites early enough, so that you know the head count in advance. Once you know the head count, plan your menu and hit the market at least 2-3 weeks in advance to make sure you are able to obtain the condiments and ingredients your menu requires, but most importantly, avoid those long last minute lines in the supermarket. You may want to also begin making your decors at least a month or two in advance, put them away and all you have to do is put them up the night before, making it one less step you have to fulfill.
If you know for a fact children will be present, then do what I do, set a small arts & craft table for them in a corner with easy crafts and coloring pages they will enjoy. It also guarantees to keep them busy for a bit while you enjoy your conversation with your guest. The dollar store is a great place to find cheap crafts and crayons.
#2: Be realistic with your menu:
If you are like me, you may want to bake 5 different pies, have at least 4 appetizers, soup, salad, the WORKS! But let’s get real here, how realistic is that? Plan a simple menu, if you like to bake, well bake 2 pies and ask at least two of your guest to contribute an additional dessert plate.
You really do not need appetizers, however if you want your guest to munch on something until the meal is served, than why not keep it simple? Serve some Salsa sauce and tortilla dips, or make your own dip and have them snack on that until the meal is done. I personally recommend Partylite’s Peach and Mango Salsa. It is sweet, spicy and always a hit in all my parties. The best thing is that it is simple.
Remember that there is elegance in Simplicity.
#3: Set a flexible schedule:
Hosting a Thanksgiving meal is arduous enough, so allow yourself sufficient time to prepare everything.
My family is rather large, so on Thanksgiving morning, I am up by 6 A.M., putting the bird in the oven and allowing it to slow cook. Slow cooking your bird will by the most part guarantee a moist bird.
So go to bed a little earlier the day before. Your body will thank you for it.