Celebrating Thanksgiving can be exciting and filled with anticipation, but it can be nerve wracking for the host. So much to do, so much to think about, and hardly any time to relax. But there are ways in which the host can tackle necessary chores head-on and enjoy the holiday and feast along with everyone else. Here are a 5 tips to make sure your Thanksgiving doesn't end up being a turkey of a day.
1. Review Your Guest List: You can't really move forward until this is settled or at least close to final. So a few weeks before Thanksgiving Day, try to nail it down. If you plan on serving a buffet style meal, the number of guests can be more flexible than a sit down dinner.
2. Choose Your Recipes: One of the best things about hosting a holiday meal is scouring your favorite recipes and choosing what to serve. Family favorites, new ideas, traditional fare -- they're fun to discover and fun to make. Make a list of the dishes you're going to serve and keep it up on the fridge as a quick reminder. Do this a few weeks in advance so you can be sure to get the ingredients you need in case you need to order something. One of our favorite side dishes is a caramelized pumpkin walnut and Amaretti Casserole.
3. Shop Early: Organize and get the best items for your shopping list without having to wade through the crowds. Anything that you can store such as canned ingredients, flour and sugar, frozen goods, and so forth, can be picked up early on. You'll feel a sense of relief that a lot of these are already sitting cozy in the cupboard. You can also accumulate and shop for table décor early on. If you get this done in advance, you can have fun with it instead of feeling pressured.
4. Order Your Turkey: If a fresh turkey is going to be the star of the meal, make sure you order it about 2 or 3 weeks in advance. Figure about 2 pounds of turkey per person, a little less for kids. Getting a frozen turkey is fine too, but be sure to defrost it in plenty of time. Often the biggest mistake people make is not defrosting the turkey in time. Remember, it takes more than one day to defrost a large turkey! Read the instructions, and make a note to take it out of the freezer and defrost in the refrigerator several days ahead of time.
5. Delegate: Most people love to help and contribute toward a Thanksgiving feast. Assign a dish or two to others who will enjoy whipping up something yummy. You can also dine in style at a lovely restaurant and not worry about a single thing! The serving, the cooking, and clean up will all be taken care of. The only thing you'll need to do is show up, enjoy, and give thanks.
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We know the importance of spending time with family during the Holiday's - The Venezia will be closed on Thanksgiving, giving our team the day off to enjoy time with friends and family.