For several years my husband and I have hosted a big pre-Thanksgiving bash for our friends. Until we started throwing these
parties, I had done little but set the table for Thanksgiving dinner. I had never carved a turkey before or made gravy, and
my pie-making skills were a joke. Now I have it down to a science.
Here are 5 steps to help you host a stress-free Thanksgiving:
1. Have a game plan.
I used to make fun of my mom for all the lists she wrote before a party.
A list of what she was making. A list of who was coming and what everyone was bringing. A grocery list. A list of what she
would do when. As much as I hate to admit it, she was right. It’s so much less stressful when you have a plan. Get recipes, full Thanksgiving menus and
day-by-day planners in EatingWell’s Complete Thanksgiving Guide.
You don’t have to make everything. If you’re hosting, plan to make the turkey,
then say, “Yes!” whenever someone offers to bring something. Keep track of what your guests plan to bring so you don’t have
three bowls of mashed potatoes and no pumpkin pie (the horror!). If they need ideas, send them a link to these amazing Thanksgiving side
3. Bake a delicious
It’s not hard! My husband has even mastered the fluted edge and he’s only baked two pies in his life.
4. Learn to carve a turkey…
Here, print out this
step-by-step turkey-carving guide
and tape it to the kitchen cabinet closest to where you’ll be carving the turkey. The
photos and step-by-step instructions are so helpful when you’re in the heat of the moment. Seriously.
5. …and make gravy that’s not lumpy.
Print out this easy
photo guide to making pan gravy
and tape it to the kitchen cabinet closest to your stove. Making gravy is really easy but
lumps are still a problem for even the best cooks. Having these pictures handy will be helpful on the big day!