Are you hosting Thanksgiving lunch or dinner this year? Planning to host a big family feast can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. If you plan your Thanksgiving feast with these top 6 dependable hosting tips, your guests will be impressed… and stuffed just like your turkey!
Top 6 Dependable Hosting Tips for Thanksgiving
Set a Schedule
You can’t get all your Thanksgiving preparations done in one day. Don’t leave your food shopping list for the day before!
Schedule each day for a specific task; for example, Tuesday iron table linens. Wednesday, wash serving dishes and fine china; Thursday, clean house and go grocery shopping. Friday, brine the turkey, bake the pies. Saturday, set the table etc.
Pre-plan the Menu
Set a menu, and stick to it. You can’t go wrong with the basics like turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and vegetables. Decide whether you’ll buy or bake desserts. Make your checklist and buy the essentials you need such as groceries, wine, and flowers or other decorative items a few days before so you’re not rushing around last minute.
The most stressful part of a meal is the last-minute rush. When you’re planning your menu, look for dishes that can be made ahead such as pies or casseroles. There are many dishes you can prepare several days before and reheat the day of Thanksgiving.
Bake your apple pie and prepare cranberry sauce two days before. Wash and chop vegetables the day before in order to save valuable time. Scalloped potatoes, for example, can be prepared and put in the refrigerator before baking. If you want a juicy turkey, make sure to brine for 24-48 hours before cooking the day of.
Make a Cooking Schedule
If you have a double oven, or two ovens, then holidays are a snap! But most of us don’t, so you’ll have to plan what goes in the oven, and what cooks on the stovetop, and when.
The timing of your Thanksgiving dishes can be tricky since the turkey is in the oven for several hours leading up to the meal. You can use a slow cooker to make mashed potatoes, leaving room on the stovetop to prepare other side dishes, such as butter-glazed carrots, brussel sprouts and gravy.
While your turkey needs a half hour to cool down once cooked, you can then reheat any prepared dishes in the oven.
Keep it Simple
Thanksgiving isn’t the time to try out new recipes; it’s a time for your tried and true dishes to shine. Your Thanksgiving feast will be better if you stick with what you know. If guests ask to bring something, accept their help – delegate side dishes or desserts. In a big time crunch, host a Thanksgiving pot luck – host should prepare the turkey, gravy and stuffing.
Entertaining is definitely easier when you have appliances that were built with dependability and power in mind, such as Maytag ranges and cooktops that have Power Preheat which allows home chefs to cook faster – so guests can eat sooner.
And once your family feast is over, the Maytag Top Control dishwasher with the Power Blast cycle can help remove stuck-on food with high pressure spray jets, and hot stream to finish the job.
Fingerprint-resistant stainless steel on all Maytag kitchen appliances means you don’t have to worry about fingerprints from little – or messy cooking hands.
By following these 6 dependable hosting tips for Thanksgiving, I can assure your special day will run smoothly. If you plan ahead and are super organized, your Thanksgiving feast will be a success!
Disclosure: Whirlpool has compensated me for my services and my posts, but as always the opinions expressed herein are my own.