It’s November and that means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Whether you are hosting or traveling “over the river and through the woods to someone’s house” it’s time to start prepping for this special holiday. To help you celebrate more and stress less, the RIHI Team has some helpful tips to ensure your Thanksgiving goes off without a hitch.
Plan Your Menu: Start by deciding what dishes you want to serve. Consider dietary restrictions and the preference of your guests. And if anyone still eats the green bean casserole, create a shopping list with all the ingredients you will need.
Delegate Tacks: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Assign specific dishes or tasks to family members or friends. This will not only ease your workload but also make everyone feel involved and part of the celebration.
Organize Your Kitchen: Ensure your kitchen is clean and well organized. Make sure you have all the necessary cookware, utensils, serving platters and your appliances are in good working order. Sharpen your knives to make food prep smoother.
Shop in Advance: Older appliances can be energy hogs. Replacing them with Energy Star-rated models can save you money on your energy bills. Focus on major appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers, as they tend to be the biggest energy consumers in most households.
Prepare Make Ahead Dishes: Many dishes can be made ahead of time and reheated on Thanksgiving Day. Casseroles, mashed potatoes, and pies are great options and saves you precious time and stress on the day.
Set the Table: Set your table the night before or early in the day. Ensure you have enough seating, plates, silverware, and glasses for your guests. And decorating with fall-themed centerpieces is always a nice festive touch.
Relax and Enjoy: Remember that Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and togetherness. Take a moment to appreciate your loved ones and the delicious meal you’re enjoying. Don’t stress over perfection; enjoy the day and all that it has to offer!
Follow these seven steps from RIHI The Home Improvement Specialist, and we’re confident that your Thanksgiving celebration will run more smoothly. More importantly, these tips will provide you with an abundance of cherished memories of a wonderful meal, lots of love and laughter with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!