The holidays are just around the corner and family gatherings are inevitable. Sometimes tensions can rise. Which is why I am going to share with you a few things that I have found that really help family functions run smoothly. These tips will help aid you in having a stress free Thanksgiving.
Make A Plan
First things first, make a plan. If you are planning on having Thanksgiving with extended family, be sure to come up with an itinerary. Even if the majority of the time will be relaxing and conversation at least you have a plan. Decide what time you will arrive (at the eating destination) and what time the meal will begin. Be sure to communicate the information with everyone. Communication is key!
Create A Menu
I always get excited about planning a menu! As the menu comes together I realize that I have put things on the list that are great in theory but not great in actuality. For example – sides. There is no need to have five sides. No one needs green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, and carrots. Choose two or three and move on. If you are cooking for just a handful of people keep your menu simple. Remember, all the dishes you use to make the meal do not magically clean themselves. 🙂
If you are having Thanksgiving with extended family, reach out to the cooks and ask them to take on a dish or two. This will significantly lessen your load and the impact on your bank account!
The only thing I do not like about Thanksgiving is spending all morning in the kitchen away from the rest of my family who is watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. After all, Thanksgiving is about spending time with family. One way to remedy this is to make the food ahead of time. Use the day or two before Thanksgiving to cook the food, place it in a disposable container (easier clean up), and store it in the refrigerator. The morning of the big meal, toss it in the oven to heat back up and voilà!
The media has a tendency to put a very negative spin on the holidays. It tells us that we should expect to have major family drama otherwise your holiday experience will not be complete. I am here to tell you that it does not have to be that way! One thing that is important to keep in mind is you cannot control those around you. You cannot hope and wish them to behave a certain way. Just remind yourself
You catch more flies with honey than vinegar
No, that is not to say that you need to be a doormat but it is usually better to “kill” the situation with kindness than put lighter fluid on a bonfire.