6 Steps to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Everyone has something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and nothing feels better than coming home with family and friends to share a meal. Hosting that meal, however, can be a different story.

If you’re in charge of Thanksgiving this year, you’ve probably heard about (or experienced) numerous Thanksgiving horror stories. Take charge of your Thanksgiving, and create a wonderful dinner to share with those you love most. Here are 6 tips to make your Thanksgiving dinner as stress-free as possible.

1. Create (and stick to) a Plan

Make a list of the food you plan to prepare, how many people will be coming to dinner, and the amount of time you will need to complete each task (i.e. setting the table, cleaning up before guests arrive, etc.)

2. Preheat the Oven

It may seem obvious, but preheating your oven means that your turkey will cook more thoroughly, and it will save you lots of waiting around.

3. Plan Your Grocery Trip

Make a list of all the ingredients you will need, and don’t take store-prepared food for granted; it can be a great option for sides that you may not have time to make yourself.

4. Invest in a Great Thermometer

A reliable meat thermometer will take a lot of the guesswork out of preparing your foods, especially the all-important turkey.

5. Don’t Go Overboard

Thanksgiving has so many delicious food options, but don’t feel like you need to make eight kinds of potatoes. Form a menu that satisfies but is also manageable for you to make.

6. Ask for Help!

Don’t be afraid to ask your family members or friends for help with dinner. Having someone bring a dessert or a casserole can take some of the burden off of your plate.

Here’s a handy infographic to help you remember these tips, spend less time stressing about dinner and more time enjoying your loved ones this year.

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From all of us at CNE, we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!