It’s all about the food at this time of year! And getting your Thanksgiving dinner together takes planning and organizing. Some of us start our plans in early November and some of us start…well…not too early!
Early bird preparations
- Getting the menu together early is a good first step! Our family continues the tradition of turkey, bread dressing, mashed potatoes and pie. However, your family may be more adventurous! Recipes can be found online at www.allrecipes.com, in magazines like Southern Living, or just on the can of French fried onion rings! Deciding on your menu early means you can take advantage of sales throughout the month using your list of ingredients.
- Early invitations for guests really make them feel special. An early invitation also means you can ask your guests to bring a dish to share at your meal. New cuisine and added camaraderie make the meal more fun too!
- Getting ready for Thanksgiving also includes getting your home ready for company. Starting early is a good way to take baby steps in decluttering and decorating for the holiday. You can work room by room, decluttering and cleaning for several weeks. Your family will enjoy the holiday atmosphere and you will feel less pressured by time.
- Instead of turkey (which takes days to thaw), choose cornish game hens or ham. Both are easy to prepare. Ham can be purchased that day and heated.
- Choose to shop at a one stop location. It is easier to purchase it all at one retailer, rather than running between stores. Choose your store by the sales items on your grocery list.
- It’s not about perfect or made from scratch! Check out ways to use convenience foods in preparing your meal. Sandra Lee of FoodTV fame www.foodnetwork.com uses ready prepared items for making your meal special.
- Ask your family what treats and sweets are most important to them. You can purchase ready made desserts at a reduced cost at holiday time.
- Check out the options for pre-made Thanksgiving dinners. In Houston we have choices like Luby’s and Randalls. It all comes nicely prepared and ready to eat.
- Dine out! Just google Thanksgiving Houston and you will find loads of choices!
What are your favorite Thanksgiving hints for your family dinner?
No matter your style, wishing you a moist turkey and a sweet pumpkin pie for your holiday event!