Hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year and not sure where to begin? In addition to all the cooking and prep, playing hostess with the mostess can be stressful during this most wonderful time of the year.
In case you’re trying to get ready to serve the turkey and still have fun doing it, here are some great Thanksgiving hosting/hostessing tips from Kitchen Moxie Founder Tracey Doull.
Do you wish you were the one who got the “pardon” when it comes to getting Thanksgiving Dinner on the table? Do you find yourself stressing in the kitchen while friends and family enjoy themselves? What if you could pull off a wonderful Thanksgiving meal and enjoy the day as much as your guests?
With a little organization, preparation – a turkey day everyone will be thankful for is well within reach!
1. When planning your menu pick recipes that you can make ahead – especially desserts and side dishes. Leave only the turkey to cook on the spot – keeping your time in the kitchen to a minimum.
2. A simple winter salad or soup works great as a first course. You can prep both ahead of time and simply plate right before serving.
3. Go with a hearty sausage stuffing and potatoes au gratin as side dishes. Both can be made well in advance and frozen – needing only to be reheated on the day.
4. Remember to use pretty ovenproof casserole dishes if you are serving family style – put down some trivets and the side dishes can go right from oven to table – saving on some washing up at the end of the meal.
5. Always heat your plates, platters and gravy boat before serving. This will ensure that the food will remain hot until everyone is served. You’ll be surprised at how well this works!
6. Use the Kitchen Moxie Worksheet as your cheat sheet. Instead of feeling like a turkey with your head cut off; flipping through different cookbooks, or trying to remember cooking times and temperatures, write down your notes on the worksheet. It will keep you organized and help you remember some of the special touches you had in mind for
7. Make sure your dishwasher is empty and that there are no dishes in the sink before your guests arrive. This makes cleaning up as you go much easier.
8. Set the table the night before and create a seating plan. Try to mix it up a little. Half the fun is trying to match people and seat them next to someone they will find interesting and enjoy talking with.
9. Talk through the meal in advance with your spouse/partner and kids (if they’re invited!). Let him/her know how they can help. With the two of you working together, you can keep everything running smoothly and not skip a beat.
10. Don’t worry and enjoy. Thanksgiving is at time to focus on the people we love. If something goes wrong or doesn’t quite come out the way you planned, relax, take a deep breath and work around it. Your guests will probably never be the wiser.
For more Thanksgiving tips, recipes, information and inspiration, visit www.kitchenmoxie.net.