Nothing rings in the first year of marriage like hosting your first combined-family holiday. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, novice holiday hosts may start feeling anxious when it comes to even thinking about the meal, preparation and how to make sure “The Day of Thanks” goes off without a hitch. Here are some tips that will help ensure smooth sailing, and tasty eating, this Thanksgiving.
1. The food: This is undoubtedly the most nerve-wracking part. How do you get it all done? What to make? And the bird, we cannot forget about the centerpiece in this whole holiday. Okay, relax. Right now, you’ve got time on your side. The first thing you need to decide is if you want some help with your food (i.e. ordering from a reputable restaurant or catering facility) or if you want to do it yourself. If you decide to order your own turkey, opt for fresh turkey as its taste and texture is better, but frozen works too! Just keep in mind that it takes about 24 hours for every 5lbs to defrost— so, give you and your bird enough time!
2. Make lists and follow them. If you’re reading this article, you have realized the magnitude of this meal and how much effort it’s going to take. So take the time to make lists. This includes grocery lists, lists of your serving items, utensils, and a record of who is bringing what. Trust us, lists will keep you sane and your food served hot.
3. Prepare ahead of time. Even Martha Stewart preps her Thanksgiving meal ahead of time; there is no need to do everything in the same day. Assess your menu and make what you can a couple days before T-Day.
4. Let your turkey sit. When the turkey is finally finished cooking, you may want to immediately start slicing and serving— but we urge you to put your carving knife down! For maximum flavor, the turkey must sit for 30 to 60 minutes before being cut. Don’t worry; this time will not be wasted if you are opting to make homemade gravy! You can also take this opportunity to reheat the dishes you made ahead of time, complete your side dishes and take some deep breathes— the biggest challenge is behind you.
5. It’s okay to “cheat.” Save yourself the stress of “mastering” a pie crust or dinner rolls for the very first time. It’s O-K to purchase pre-made or store-bought items! Save time with some things so you can make easier homemade favorites such as bread stuffing or cranberry sauce.
Do you have any additional advice for first-time Thanksgiving hosts? We’d love to hear it! Private message us your T-Day tips for a chance to be featured on our Page. If you’d like to learn more about catering your Thanksgiving or joining us at The Century House for ours please call us, 518-785-0834 or visit us online at http://www.thecenturyhouse.com/holidays/thanksgiving.htm.