Surprising Ways to Prepare Your Home for Thanksgiving Dinner
The traditional Thanksgiving Dinner will likely get everyone busy in their kitchen preparing a big meal with multiple side dishes, a turkey or several different types of meat to roast, desserts to make, not to mention, more guests than are usually seated around your dining table. So, it is always important to plan for the Thanksgiving Feast, so that when the day arrives, you’ll be able to enjoy the occasion, knowing you’re well prepared for the celebration.
Plan Your Menu and Choose Your Recipes
You’ll want to prepare the turkey, then decide what side dishes you’ll be serving and pick the recipes you want to use for each of them. Write down the menu, and keep each recipe in a safe place so that you won’t forget. If you find the recipes in your recipe book, mark it, so it’s easy for you to remember, or, if you found it online, print them out and keep them in a folder for easy reference. This list can also serve as a reference for shopping and for remembering everything that you need to do on Thanksgiving Day.
Read Up on Any Unfamiliar Cooking Techniques
You need to read up on the proper method if you are unsure of how to roast a turkey. You might need to know how to make pumpkin puree or a pie crust. If you have time, you could also find videos showing various cooking techniques like carving a turkey or even do a trial run of specific recipes or cooking methods.
Check to Make Sure You Have the Proper Cooking Equipment
Try to understand more about your recipe and visualize how the preparation is made of each dish and make sure you have the tools and cooking equipment you need to prepare each one. Knowing the essential tools for the Thanksgiving party can help determine what you might need. Be sure to see if you’re making dishes that both will require the same tools or cooking equipment; for example, do you have enough pie pans for both the pumpkin pie and pecan pie recipes you want to make? Are you going to use the same saucepan for the gravy as you will for making the mashed potatoes? If you check this in advance, you have enough time to buy or borrow any equipment that you might need.
Tell Guests What to Bring, If Anything
It’s a good idea to tell guests what to bring. This way, you can be sure that there aren’t duplicate dishes or, worse, the omission of an essential dish of the party. Make sure everyone knows what they’re bringing, if anything, and try to understand from guests how many servings their dish can make.
Think Through How to Serve the Meal
Make sure you have enough place settings for all the dishes you’ll be serving, have the right serving pieces, and determine the number of guests attending. Decide what kind of serving portion you’ll use for each dish. It’s a good idea to put a sticky note on the underside of each serving piece to remind you what should go in each meal. Remember that oven-to-table bakers and casserole dishes can be both used as cooking vessels and serving dishes, and that’s one less dish to wash. When you follow this plan, you can be sure that come to Thanksgiving Day; you won’t be short on serving bowls for all the side dishes.
Decide on Decorations
Putting some decorations during this occasion might not be so important for homeowners, but it’s a good idea to decorate your home for Thanksgiving as it gives guests a welcoming and inviting atmosphere. So it’s better to buy or make anything for decoration that you can do in advance. A week or two before Thanksgiving is an excellent time for you to work on DIY crafts that you can use at the table, such as napkin rings, centerpieces, or place cards.
Before you go to the grocery store to do some shopping, check your first shopping list and make sure you have enough freezer and pantry storage. If there’s something in your list that you can’t find in-store, or you forget something, be sure to add it to your second list to buy in the day or two before Thanksgiving. As you shop, don’t forget the extras you’ll need, such as paper napkins, and paper towels, food storage containers, and other staples.
After you have purchased everything you need for the Thanksgiving party, you can be sure to enjoy some relaxation, knowing you can prepare the Thanksgiving meal with less stress and far more enjoyable.