|Savor in the warmth and togetherness the holiday brings.|
Just because you are hosting Thanksgiving this year doesn't mean you have to succumb to the fact that you aren't going to get any time to relax and enjoy the day. In fact, you better make some time to savor in the warmth and togetherness the holiday brings, because that's what it is really all about. With some careful planning and organization, you will be able to serve a delicious meal and still get to spend priceless time with your loved ones.
Make a List and Check it Twice
This rule is not just for Santa. Getting organized on paper is the first step to a stress-free Thanksgiving. Make lists for what food items you need from the store, what you need to get done around the house, and what you need to ask people to bring. Once you get all of your thoughts on paper, it will be a lot easier to keep track of it all. Making the lists ahead of time also gives you a chance to make sure you don't forget anything.
|Get all of your thoughts on paper, it will be a lot easier to keep track of it all.|
Don't Save Everything for the Last Minute
Of course, you can't exactly cook the turkey ahead of time, but there are plenty of things you can do in advance to eliminate your to-do list on Thanksgiving Day. For example, you can buy all of the non-perishable food items you are going to need (canned corn anyone?) and stock up on paper goods now. That way, when it comes time to fight the crowds at the grocery stores, you have a minimal list remaining so you can get on your way faster. Now is also the time to buy any folding chairs or tables you might need to make sure everyone has a place to sit.
Keep the Decor Simple
Just because it's Thanksgiving doesn't mean you have to have decorative turkeys all over your home. Instead, stick to a general fall theme and you can set up the decorations now without anyone even thinking twice about it. Swap out your throw pillows for ones in warm colors, like deep reds and burnt oranges. Bring in some outside elements to complete the look, like acorns, fall leaves, and some pumpkins. Concentrate on carrying the color scheme throughout all of the rooms that your guests may be visiting so that your home evokes feelings of warmth throughout.
|Stick to a general fall theme and you can set up the decorations now.|
Remember the Kids
Kids are cute, of course, but when you are trying to prepare a Thanksgiving meal, the last thing you want are little ones running around rampant. Pick up a few activities to entertain the kids so you can focus on the task at hand. Coloring books and puzzles are always a good choice.
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