Thanksgiving is a stressful time of the year. With the out of town guests, prepare a big feast, and getting ready for the holidays, it’s important to find ways to save time. In this post, I’m going to share 14 Thanksgiving tips you can use to save you time this Thanksgiving.
These Thanksgiving tips will help you stay organized and help you get everything you need to get done this Thanksgiving. I created a free Thanksgiving tips cheat sheet to help you get through Thanksgiving this year you can download below.
Thanksgiving tips that will save you time
So often we have tunnel vision when it comes to Thanksgiving. We worry about the meal and we forget about having time set aside to spend with friends and family. My hope is that these Thanksgiving tips will help you carve out a few extra minutes so you can enjoy the holiday.
Think of the Leftovers
More people always mean more leftover. You can buy fancy disposable boxes and decorate them while packing the leftovers.
Cleaning the fridge is absolutely necessary. It will help you remove the old stuff and make space for the new items you will be storing up for Thanksgiving.
Set the Table
Setting the table can be a pretty big job, depending on how many guests you’ll be hosting. Set the plates, bowls, and cups on the table. Also, make sure your seating arrangements are intact for the party.
Make sure to tackle all DIY projects beforehand. Any kind of gifts or pluck cards or greeting cards should be done beforehand.
Make a List
Making a list helps you save time as well as complete all work on time. It also ensures that you do not miss out on anything.
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If you’ll be serving sparkling wine or cider at your Thanksgiving meal, prep some frozen grapes to use as ice cubes. They won’t water down the drink as they melt, and they look great, too.
Make Casseroles Early
Make sure you freeze your casseroles ahead of time. You can do this up to a week in advance.
Certain kinds of recipes always taste better the day after you’ve made them, like sauces, dips, and some salads. So plan on making those kinds of recipes the day before Thanksgiving.
Put It on Ice
It is fun to do something extra fancy and out of the ordinary once in a while! Rather than an ice sculpture, try a pretty ice serving bowl.
Don’t Forget the Music
Never ever forget a good playlist. You don’t need to bring out the disco ball or anything, but some good tunes playing in the background will definitely help your guests loosen up and have a great time.
Make Pie Fillings
You can save yourself a lot of time making fruit pies by making your fillings ahead of time. It will also give you time to experiment with your flavors
Be Your Own Prep Cook
You can make your own kitchen run quickly and smoothly on Thanksgiving Day by prepping your veggies the day before and storing them in the fridge. Put each ingredient in its own container or storage bag, and label it to make sure you don’t forget what it’s for.
Don’t forget to figure out when you need to start thawing your turkey. The general rule is that it will take one day of thawing in the fridge for every 4 pounds. Make sure to add in an extra day to your calculations if you’ll be bringing your turkey as well.
Freeze the Gravy
Another way to save time before the big day is to make your gravy several days beforehand and freeze it. On Thanksgiving Day, just thaw it out, warm it up, and add in some dripping from the turkey for some extra flavor.
By doing a few things ahead of time you’ll be able to save time this Thanksgiving. Hopefully, you’ll have a few extra minutes to spend with friends and family by using these Thanksgiving tips.
Need a little help? Download the free Thanksgiving Time-Saving Checklist to help you make the most of your Thanksgiving.