Written by: Leverne Brown
The countdown for hosting Thanksgiving Dinner is on! Are you ready? We know that planning and cooking for a huge crowd can be overwhelming. We have five tips that will help you prepare for an exciting meal with your loved ones. From the entire team at Guarantee, we want to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Set Your Table the Night Before
How many times have you actually set your table the night before Thanksgiving? Taking one thing off of your “to-do” list can relieve more stress than you can imagine. Here’s a bonus tip: If you have small children that are visiting, allow them to help set the table the night before. You can even make it into a family tradition by allowing them to pick the centerpiece or color scheme.
Use a Thermometer!
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service advises cooking turkeys until the thermometer reads 165°F; this is the “instant kill” temperature for any bacteria that might be present. Use a good digital probe thermometer to let you know when the turkey has reached temperature. For other cooking tips and instructions for turkey prep, visit the USDA website HERE. If you experience issues with cooking your turkey, feel free to reach out to the Butterball Hotline.
Order Your Desserts From a Local Bakery
It may sound shameful to serve store bought desserts at a family Thanksgiving feast. But just for a moment consider the time, cost, and preparation, that goes into all of that baking… Quality desserts can be purchased at local bakeries for the same amount you’d spend on the ingredients for baking your own desserts. Click HERE to order your pies at a local Marie Callender’s!
Serve a Buffet-Style Meal
Oh how wonderful it would be to display all of your dishes on the table, and to have Grandpa Joe carve the turkey right in front of everyone! But you’ve just spent hours cooking a beautiful meal for your guests to enjoy. Why not establish order and provide convenience to everyone? Consider serving your holiday dinner buffet-style. By doing so, your guests will have the opportunity to put what they want on their plates without having to pass a number of dishes around the table. The food will remain fresh and warm during the entire time!
Relax, Have Fun, and Be Thankful!
Although preparing a holiday feast can be stressful, don’t forget to relax and take some time for yourself before your company arrives. Oh!!! Don’t forget those classical holiday movies that you can watch while you cook. Click HERE for a complete list of holiday classics and show times. Click HERE for the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade channel guide.
Be sure to stock up on board games, uno cards, dominoes, trivia games, footballs, basketballs, softballs, etc. Remember the easel for a few rounds of pictionary during dessert! Make sure the person in charge of music and entertainment has a variety of activities for EVERYONE.
Most of all, don’t forget the real reason of the holiday. “Thanksgiving” is an expression of gratitude for family, friends, and loved ones that are dear to your heart. It’s a time of celebration and happy memories that can be shared for generations to come. Have fun and be THANKFUL!