Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you’re feeling a little less prepared than you’d like, don’t worry, our last-minute tips will help you pull off a memorable feast without breaking a sweat.
Simplify Your Menu
It’s tempting to go all out with a grand feast, but if time is short, simplify. Focus on the essentials like roast turkey, mashed potatoes and a few favorite sides.
Delegate and Collaborate
Ask for help. Family and friends can bring dishes or help with preparations. After all, it’s a time for togetherness.
Quick Side Dishes
Opt for quick sides like roasted vegetables, boxed stuffing and instant mashed potatoes. With the right seasoning (and extra butter!) they can be just as delicious!
If you haven’t thawed your turkey in time, try the cold water method. Submerge the sealed turkey in a sink or large container filled with ice-cold water. Change the ice water every 30 minutes. Allow 30 minutes of thawing per pound of turkey.
Dress Up Store-Bought
If you don’t have time to bake from scratch, grab some pre-made pies and desserts from your local bakery. A dollop of canned whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon can make them look and taste homemade.
Keep Decorations Simple
Don’t fuss over elaborate table settings. Think: hygge. A simple, seasonal centrepiece and some candles can set an inviting and cozy ambiance with little effort. Music can set the tone too!
Keep It Fun!
Thanksgiving is about gratitude and joy. Play some board games, charades, or share stories. Just being together makes it an enjoyable gathering.
Prepare to-go containers so your guests can take leftovers home. It’s a thoughtful gesture and helps you clear the fridge!
Relax and Enjoy
Most importantly, take a deep breath and enjoy the day. Thanksgiving is about being thankful, so don’t stress over perfection.
If you need last-minute recipe ideas or cooking tips, there are plenty of online resources and apps available that can help you with quick fixes and substitutions.