Thanksgiving dinner is typically something to look forward to. (I mean, what’s there not to love about copious amounts of food, reunions with friends and family, and that post-meal, Tryptophan-induced euphoria?) That is, unless you happen to be hosting, in which case no amount of turkey ingestion will overpower the stress and chaos that simply comes hand-in-hand with the responsibility of hosting. If the latter happens to be you, try some of these hosting hacks for making this sometimes stressful day a little smoother.
Microwave potatoes instead of boiling them
This will save you a stovetop burner, time, and your guests won’t be able to tell the difference.
Find a recipe that will impress your guests here.
Dig your camping cooler out of the garage and conserve fridge space
Alongside stove space, fridge space is in high demand before and during Thanksgiving dinner. Use a camping cooler instead of bringing your giant bird in the fridge.
Free up a stovetop burning by using a slow cooker
Choose one side dish – whether that’s a soup or stew, your potato dish or even your desert – and set it aside in a slow cooker the night before. This way, all you’ll have to do is turn on the cooker the morning of – meaning one less dish on the stovetop, and one less thing to worry about.
Find some tasty slow cooker recipes here.
Don’t worry about homemaking everything
Some things, like cranberry sauce, stuffing and even baked goods, like the iconic pumpkin pie, taste just as good store bought than they do homemade. There’s no shame in buying these items ready-made; plus, with your time saving tricks, you can put more effort into the real star of the show: the turkey.
Set your table the night before
Recruit your family to help with this one. You’ll sleep a lot better Thanksgiving dinner eve knowing you have at least one thing less to do in the morning.