Thanksgiving preparation can be a stressful time. Guests coming, cleaning the house, food preparation and cooking, the list goes on and on. Starting early will help alleviate the stress. Planning for that stress-free Thanksgiving will help even more. Check out these tips to guide you in the right direction so you don’t feel so overwhelmed.
Planning should be your first step in preparing for a stress-free Thanksgiving. Think about your menu. Do you want to follow the traditional route or are you feeling adventurous and want to look at some alternatives. Do you want others to help or would doing it all be better for you in the long run. These kinds of decision making choices would go well with you as you plan. If you know you can deal with some disappointments, then allow others to help. If not, begin digging down deep to make sure everything can get done to your liking. Here are just a few of the things you should plan for:
- Seating Arrangements and Decorations
- Cleaning Schedule
- Travel arrangements for guests
This may not be a complete list, but it will get you started in the right direction.
This is probably the most important element of your stress-free Thanksgiving celebration. How much time you have to plan will dictate how stress-free your day is. Plan early and thoroughly to keep it as stress-free as possible. Make sure you have plenty of time to order, gather, and make. Don’t fall into the last minute prep details. Plan.
Begin searching through your favorite recipes. Look online for some new one. You may want to try them out before Thanksgiving to make sure they are edible. Look through your Sunday sale papers to see if anything you want is on sale, or has a coupon. Think outside the box- is there a way to get some favorite items less expensively? Think DollarTree.com. For just $1 you can get your pre-made stuffing mix and/or jellied cranberry sauce. There may be other products that can save you time and money. Remember shipping is free is you have it shipped to your local Dollar Tree store.
Now that the menu prep is complete, who will be coming to your celebration of thanks? Family? Family and friends? Just friends? It’s your celebration- invite who you want. I know there are some people that you may not want to come, but invite them anyway. Invites can be as simple as a phone call or text. To make it a little more special, you can make your own invitations. With a creative twist and a little time you can print your invitations on the printed computer paper from DollarTree.com. Choose a design that may fit into your theme, create your personalized invite, hit print, and you are on your way.
Seating Arrangements and Decorations
Do you want a formal seating or a casual affair? Do you want sit down or buffet? This is all in the planning- it will be what you want it to be. Just make sure you stick with your plan. Decorations can be as simple as the plastic table covers from DollarTree.com, to a more formal linen covering. Did you know DollarTree.com has placemats and even patterned plastic table covers available? Just saying. Plastic and stainless steel utensils are both available. Depending on your table setting, table decorations can help. You can be as elaborate as you want. Fresh flowers? Silk? Your choice.
This may sound silly, but allow yourself time to organize how you are going to clean. There are some things that can get done many weeks before your celebration. Cleaning out the guest bedrooms, washing linens, etc. Keep the bathrooms and kitchen until last. Enlist the family to help with all of this. Don’t forget DollarTree.com has many cleaning products available, as well.
Will you be having overnight guests? Will your guests be staying in a motel? Be prepared and make sure you know their plans. You don’t want to wait for the last minute to make a reservation to find there are no rooms available.
I hope this has helped in your stress-free Thanksgiving planning. More posts will follow this for a few more suggestions for a stress-free Thanksgiving.
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