It’s not too late for these tips for a terrific Thanksgiving. Taste of Home’s newly crowned Mrs. Holiday shares some ideas to perfect your prep.
Starting today, I make sure to finish my shopping, start to thaw my turkey in the fridge, and clean the bathrooms. I also might change the bedding in the guest rooms and have my husband bring in firewood and bake cookies. That means that on Wednesday, I have the kitchen to myself to make all of my desserts and candies. Then on Thanksgiving Day, I get the kids to set the table early while I roast the turkey (and watch the Macy’s parade!) Remember, it is all about togetherness. My family would be happy with TV dinners if it meant quality time together. Ok, maybe not : )
My grandmother taught me to always buy a turkey large enough for the main meal, sandwiches for later and a quick turkey casserole the next day. And speaking of leftovers, ask your guests to bring plastic containers with them to carry leftovers home. I can never seem to find enough matching bowls and lids so I always pick up some extras.
Offer dessert options
When it comes to dessert, not everybody likes that traditional pumpkin pie. My husband loves a chocolate bourbon pie, my father-in-law loves deep dish apple and my dad loves mincemeat. And then there are those of us who like a lighter dessert after a big meal. I always keep a couple flavors of sherbet in the freezer for a simple scoop in a dish.
Clean as you go.
When I am done prepping, everything either goes into the dishwasher or gets washed and put away. And let people help! I find the time spent together in the kitchen is a great way to catch up from another year gone by while sharing some great memories of holidays past. Do not save everything for the next day! I know I always ask to pitch in and I appreciate when others do the same.
Decorate to make a difference
When it comes to decorating, I am crazy about twinkling lights and candles! It is so easy to decorate a table worthy of a magazine spread with a limited budget and time. I start with a simple water resistant table cloth in a holiday color so when guests spill (and they will) it is easy to spot wipe and move on!
I line the table from end to end with a string of clear lights, candles of all shapes and sizes and heights, beaded light-up pumpkins and such. You can add simple branches from the yard and wrap the lights around them. At dinner time, I dim overhead lights and we’re surrounded by twinkles and candle glow.
Still need recipe ideas?
- I always make a version of this Baked Spinach Dip in Bread.
- My family loved this Corn N Bean Bake as a twist on the traditional green bean side dish.
- As for dessert, I adore these flavors so I’ll be making this Ginger Streusel Pumpkin Pie for me (though I know everyone will eat it up.)
Happy Holidays everyone!