The night before Thanksgiving, this is a big deal for many people and this is around the time that the stress and panic start to set in.
That is why I thought I would give you all of my tips to make Thanksgiving even a little bit easier whether you are cooking and hosting or going somewhere else for the holiday. I have done both and here are my tried and true tips for you!
If you are hosting:
- Cook as much as possible the day before; pies, breads, desserts, cranberry sauce, whatever you can.
- Pre-chop veggies for trays, snacks and ingredients- separate into bags by meal so all you have to do is dump them in tomorrow.
- Peel and cut your potatoes and store them in the fridge in your pot with water and lid, tomorrow all you have to do is take it out and put it on the stove. When my potatoes are done I store them in a slow cooker on low so I don’t have to use oven time day of.
- Set your table, if you have kids and animals and you are worried, cover it with sheets. Don’t add flowers or water, those can be added quickly tomorrow. If something is knocked over you can easily fix it if it isn’t a spill.
- Plan outfits, try on clothes if needed.
- Set up buffet with serving platters and spoons with sticky notes labeling where everything will go. This way if you need anything you still have time to call guests and ask for extra serving spoons and whatnot.
- Make sure you have your body weight in ice on hand.
If you are a guest:
- Prep whatever dish(es) you are bringing, prepare or prep as above if applicable.
- Put a bag in the fridge with all the things you need to remember (sauces, dressings, veggies, dips, dishes, drinks and so on). This way you can just grab and go tomorrow.
- Make a pantry bag the same way with whatever utensils, canned goods, hostess gift, breads, rolls, storage containers and so on you will need).
- Pack extra clothes in another bag that can stay in the car. If you are at home, you have the luxury of changing the kids if needed, take this luxury with you in case of any accident.
- Pack pj’s in that bag so you can change them before you leave. One less thing to do when you get home and you are beat, plus helps if they fall asleep in the car on the way home, you can just transfer them and not have to wake them up to change first.
- I am setting the table at my sister in laws so I am going to do a dry run at home and then pack everything up into yet another bag.
Yes, it may look like you are moving in but at least you will have everything you need!