Thanksgiving can be a stressful holiday when you’re in charge of hosting but it doesn’t have to be. It’s a time for family, friends, inner reflection and gratitude for our many blessings. Here are 5 ways to save time, get the kids involved, get out of the pressure cooker and have the most memorable Thanksgiving yet!
1 – Make Such A Memorable Gravy That Your Mother-in- Law Will Beg To Know The Secret
Really want to impress the family and relatives this year? Try this super easy, super simple and memorable hack! Add a tablespoon of soy sauce to a gravy boat to enhance the already meaty flavor of a traditional gravy to make it absolutely mouth watering. Your family and friends will for sure be hounding you for the recipe!
2 – A Unique And Effortless Holiday Cocktail
You’re already preparing your famous cranberry sauce for dinner. Go ahead and make a tiny bit more to create an enticing holiday cocktail.
Directions: Mix one ounce of your preferred bourbon with an ounce of “leftover” or “extra” cranberry sauce and half an ounce of amaretto into a cocktail glass. Top with ice and fill to the top with cranberry flavored ginger ale. This makes for a delicious, seasonal cocktail sure to warm up anyone!
3 – Delegate Some Sides
Crazy Uncle Billy really is good at making that sweet potato casserole, right? Why not flatter him a little by asking that he bring his flavorful dish to this years dinner. It’s flattering, saves you some time and hassle and to be honest – a little pot luck can bring the family together!
4 – Use Your Cabinets As A Recipe Stand
Do your recipe books look like they’ve survived a war? Yeah, mine too! This year free up some counter space and save your recipes from being casualties of spills and splatter by taping them to your cabinets or by placing clothes hangers over the knobs. By keeping recipes at eye level it also makes them much easier to read so you can work more efficiently!
5 – Get The Kids Involved
We all know that kids LOVE to help and be involved when it comes to anything holiday related. It is an exciting time for them, after all! They are out of school, family and friends are visiting, delicious food is to be eaten and it is a marker for winter breaks arrival! Go to your local arts and crafts store, purchase a blank book (such as a scrapbook or journal with no lined paper) and write the date on the first page. Turn the book over to the kids and have them take it around to all of your guests. Have the kids tell the guests to write down what they are most thankful for. Also, be sure to have the kids write or draw what they are thankful for as well. If desired, a cute and warming idea is to read the passages aloud before dinner. This activity doubles as an awesome keepsake and can become a family tradition for years and generations to come.