Are you ready for Thanksgiving dinner? It’s only one week away. This holiday is all about being thankful for the food on our tables. So if you celebrate Thanksgiving you most likely will be either hosting family and friends for the meal or going to someone’s house and maybe bringing part of the meal.
Tip #21 and #22 have some ideas for preparing for any holiday meals or parties you may be having. I’ve posted the complete tips below.
Tip #21 – Holiday Meals
Food is a huge part of the holidays. There are parties and family dinners along with all the homemade food gifts (cookies, candies, cakes). If you are the one who is in charge of the planning, cooking, and preparing for a party or family dinner then here are some tips to help keep it from becoming overwhelming.
1. Keep meals simple. Not every dish served at the meal has to be a gourmet delight. If the entree is fancy then keep the sides simple and easy.
2. Make as much ahead of time as possible. You want to be able to spend more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen cooking.
3. Consider Pot Luck parties. Have an appetizer party or dessert party and ask guests to bring their favorite recipe.
4. Have different family members or friends who come to your home also bring a part of the meal. Don’t be afraid to ask. Most people would be honored if asked to bring a special dish. When everyone contributes to the meal they each get a chance to be complimented on their dish. They are no longer just a guest but part of the inner circle.
Small changes can add up. Don’t try to do it all, buy it all, or cook it all. This is the time where less really can be more – more joy, more peace, and more gratitude.
Remember that people are the most important ingredient at your party or family dinner.
Tip # 22 – Holiday Baking
The holidays are upon us. Ovens are heating up and luscious smells are coming from them. Do you have all your baking supplies ready to go? Have you checked your recipes for ingredients needed? If not, it’s time to make that grocery list.
Make sure your ingredients are fresh. Most have “best used by” dates on the packages. If you put some of your ingredients into canisters, do you remember when you bought that last bag of flour? Flour gets rancid over time. Baking soda and baking powder get old and will not leaven your baked goods as well. Spices and herbs lose their punch.
If there isn’t a date on the package to go by you might be better off buying new. Make sure you mark the date of expiration or the day you opened the jar or container with a permanent marker. I keep one of those fine point Sharpies in the kitchen all the time. If you put ingredients in canisters then put the expiration on a piece of masking tape on the bottom of the canister.
If you get all those supplies in the house now you will be able to bake up something delightful when the weather outside is frightful.
You put your time and love into baking those cookies and cakes so make sure you have the freshest ingredients to make them taste great!
The above tips can make a difference between a meaningful and enjoyable Thanksgiving (or any holiday party or meal) or one where you’re over stressed from trying to do it all perfectly.
If you want more tips on planning and organizing for the holidays be sure to download your free copy of the eBook “Tips To Simplify And Organize Your Holidays”. This is for a limited time only.
In the next week or two you’ll probably be putting up your Christmas decorations and taking advantage of all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Before you do either one you’ll want to check out the following tips in the eBook.
Tip #20 tells you how you can enjoy your decorations without feeling overwhelmed by them.
Tips #16 – 19 have plenty of suggestions for Hostess gifts, clutter-free gifts, and even ideas for creating new gift giving traditions. You’ll want to check these tips out so you can update your Master Gift List. You don’t want to head to the stores without that list!