I’m not going to sugar coat this, the holiday season is a stressful and overwhelming time of the year. With big meals, family gatherings, parties, and shopping it is hard to not be stressed out all day every day. Now you are adding hosting Thanksgiving to your list.
Thanksgiving is a significant celebration that is rightly celebrated in almost every American home. It is easy to see why families would like to get together at least once a year to break bread, enjoy a shared feast, and to be thankful for the gift of life and family.
While this occasion can be a grand party with near and dear loved ones. It can also be a reason for stress for the individual hosting Thanksgiving. This is quite natural because the pressure is high when you need to prepare an impressive meal for a large party. Plus, ensure that everyone is well-fed and everyone is having a great time.
However, stress need not be the overwhelming emotion for the individual hosting Thanksgiving. Preparing a grand meal for a large party can be difficult but some amount of planning can actually do away with a lot of the pressure and the stress.
With this blog, let us try to explore ways on how to host a stress-free Thanksgiving. Read further to know more.
Okay great, you’ve decided to host Thanksgiving this year and you probably have some mixed emotions over it. You’re excited to have all of your friends and family over. But, you know that it’s going to be a lot of work.
Hosting Thanksgiving is something that I do every year. I love it. Yes, it can get to be a little stressful. I promise you with the tips I’m going to share you’ll be much better off than you were. I also have a free Thanksgiving planner to help you create a well thought out Thanksgiving plan! Click the button below to download that now.
Plan Plan Plan!
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain when you plan ahead for the Thanksgiving party you intend to host. The idea is to have a structured 4-week timeline. In those 4-weeks you’ll need to:
- Drawing up a menu
- Order your turkey
- Shop for your grand feast
- Shop for any additional supplies if needed
- Create your guest list
- Send out invites with enough time in hand for an RSVP.
Plan out what needs to be done and prioritize these tasks within your 4-week timeline. Get things done according to their intended order and you would not be rushing around in the immediate lead up to Thanksgiving stressed that you have too little time to get too much done.
Ask for Help
When you have a large family and everyone including friends is invited, you sure can ask for help from one or more of the invitees. It is quite apparent that your helpers would not be overwhelmed by planning a Thanksgiving party of their own, so it is safe to say that they will be happy to spare some time and effort for you. When you are going at it alone, preparing a large Thanksgiving meal can seem like a mammoth task and quite a drag. Get friends and family to join you and you can make it a Thanksgiving pre-party.
Get Invitees to Bring a Meal
In the true tradition of Thanksgiving which is characterized by sharing food, it is okay to ask friends and family to bring a dish. This way you are not overwhelmed by all the cooking and you get a chance to enjoy food cooked in another kitchen. This is a brilliant idea if you want to add even more variation to the Thanksgiving table.
A Concise Menu
You may or may not wish to consider a concise menu with less number of items on your table if you are stressed by all the cooking and you lack help in any way. The idea is to have 2 to 3 brilliant dishes on the table that everyone enjoys instead of 5 to 6 dishes with varying degrees of popularity.
You cannot underestimate the value of shopping lists when you plan to cook for a large party on Thanksgiving Day. The idea is to know what you need and to get it without multiple trips to the store. When you need to shop for numerable items, only a shopping list can ensure that you get it right.
Look for Bargains
If the costs of hosting a Thanksgiving party are stressing you out, try shopping for bargains. This might mean shopping in multiple stores but if you have the time and you wish to save money, this is a great idea.
There are multiple Thanksgiving party supplies that you can source online, especially, groceries, wine and beverages, and even decorations. Shopping online will save you a lot of time. This is especially for those that are busy with a range of other responsibilities and hosting a Thanksgiving party is a top priority.
In conclusion, there is much you can do to host a stress-free Thanksgiving party. If you can plan ahead of time, get help, maybe have friends and family bring in some food and streamline shopping, you can definitely enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving with family and friends.