Stress-Free Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving

From cleaning the house and setting the table to prepping and cooking the actual meal, there’s a lot that goes into hosting Thanksgiving. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to cut down on stress and get everything done more easily! Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a first-time host, the following five hosting tips are guaranteed to help you out this holiday:
Doing as much as possible ahead of time is far and away the best way to save time. Cranberry sauce can be made a few days in advance and stored in plastic food storage containers in the fridge, bread for stuffing can be cubed and kept in a paper bag, and vegetables can be chopped and diced a couple days before the meal. This way, Thanksgiving Day can be more focused on assembly than prep work.

Set the table as far in advance as possible so everything is ready to go on Thanksgiving Day. As long as your table decorations are inedible, you won’t have to worry about anything going bad while it sits out.

Be strategic with the dishes and utensils you use for your prep work. Instead of taking out a new bowl every time you need to mix something, simply wash one that you’ve already used. You’ll end up with fewer dishes to wash later on, which will save you time and effort.

Using disposable dishes is a great way to save time cleaning up. Plastic tableware, aluminum roasting pans and paper plates can all be thrown in the trash can after the meal is over, which eliminates the need to load the dishwasher or stand over the sink.

Out of oven and stove space? An easy solution is to brave the chilly weather and cook some of your food on the grill. With so many dishes to cook, using the grill in addition to your stovetop and oven will let you get more done at once.

A few simple shortcuts can save you a whole lot of time, stress and money during the holiday season. With a little planning and a couple of tricks, hosting Thanksgiving can be a breeze.


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