Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Gathering

When you’re hosting Thanksgiving, the entire day feels like a whirlwind. You end up making turkey instead of memories. This year, start preparing now so you can sit back and enjoy time with your family and friends. These are our favorite tips for a stress-free Thanksgiving that gives you the opportunity to reflect on your blessings.

Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Gathering

Do a trial run with your recipes

Prepare each of your Thanksgiving menu items some time between now and the big day. You can skip the turkey if you feel like a pro, but do a run-through on the rest of the dishes. You may find that you want to make adjustments, and the practice run will help you plan your cooking schedule.

Assign specific jobs to helpers

When we design weddings and corporate events, it takes a whole team to keep the process running smoothly. On Thanksgiving, you’re the party planner. Don’t do it alone. Enlist older kids, friends and family members to help you. Be very specific about what you need each person to do.

Arrange place settings before Thanksgiving morning

You’re going to be busy cooking on Thanksgiving morning. Set out your Thanksgiving place settings the night before. Just like with your dishes, you may want to do a trial run to make sure you have everything you need and you’re not missing any finishing touches like floral arrangements for your Thanksgiving table.

Focus on being thankful

Remember, Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude and reflection. The day doesn’t have to be picture-perfect from start to finish. Turn your attention to the blessings in your life and the company of your family and friends. Laugh. Smile. Thank your guests for sharing the day with you.

Get some help from the professionals

No one is going to give you a medal for doing everything from scratch. You know what your talents are. Stick to those. If you’re not into baking, order pies and cakes from a baker. If you don’t enjoy decorating, consult with a party planner or order a beautiful centerpiece to set the tone for your Thanksgiving gathering.

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