Thanksgiving is easily one of the best holidays of the year. It’s packed with all the good things in life; the things we lust after on a daily basis. Like fabulous food, good friends and family, and lots and lots of love. One thing your holiday shouldn’t involve is stress! You should be getting excited about Thanksgiving and shouldn’t get the nervous jitters every time you think about it.
Here are our tips for making your Thanksgiving better this year:
Start planning early! It’s never too soon to begin planning for the holidays. We recommend getting out a pen and a piece of paper right now (well, as soon as you’re done perusing the Butterball website!) and writing down a couple lists. Start with writing a list of all the things you need to get done before Thanksgiving. And then write a list of all the food you want cook for the big day. Once you see everything you have to do in writing, it will become much more manageable for you. You can start assigning a date to everything and getting some of your chores done ahead of time.
Don’t try to do too much. When you’re having guests over, it can be easy to feel the need to impress. And while showing your best stuff is always a good idea, you also need to make sure it’s enough for you to handle. So, make sure you’re not trying to experiment with too many new dishes this year or making yourself believe you can handle craft projects, cleaning, cooking, and decorating. Stick to a few tried and true recipes that you’re comfortable with and don’t be afraid to buy some pre-made items (e.g., pie crusts, rolls, etc.). Even better? Ask your guests to contribute to the dinner! They’ll likely be happy to help and you’ll find yourself feeling much calmer come the big day.
Do your research. There’s nothing worse than setting out to cook a recipe and then realizing you need to cook the dish for 6 hours or that it needs to marinate overnight. Make sure you read over each of your recipes and understand exactly what needs to be done before the big day. If there are any techniques or processes that you’re unfamiliar with, experiment with them before Thanksgiving. Of course, we also recommend reading over some of the tutorials and watching the how-to videos on Butterball.com to learn a lot of turkey techniques that will make Thanksgiving dinner feel like a breeze.
Set out your dishes and servingware before the big day. Along with doing your research comes mapping out exactly what you need to prepare for a successful Thanksgiving. Certain recipes require specific servingware and the last thing you want to do the day before Thanksgiving is head out to the store in search of the right size casserole dish. When you set everything out far in advance it will be simple to take inventory and figure out exactly what you need.
Have fun. Just because you’re hosting the dinner or playing a large part in bringing it together, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be having fun and enjoying yourself. It’s your holiday, too! Make sure you take the time to remember what Thanksgiving is all about, step out of the kitchen, and spend some time with your family and friends. At the end of the day, your guests will remember the time they spent with you over the food you made. The food is just a delicious added bonus!