Hosting a Thanksgiving dinner can be a daunting task for any seasoned chef. But with a few simple planning techniques and the right amount of help, you'll focus less on the details and more on enjoying the process and a tasty outcome. Here are five easy ways to make sure your Thanksgiving dinner goes off without any flaws.
1. Plan ahead
Have a clear plan ahead, festivities can be easily get off course and create stress and distractions. Make sure you have enough room to accommodate everyone of your guests to ensure a smooth process. Tip: Make sure any allergies or dietary restrictions are on your radar prior to developing the menu.
2. Keep it simple
No need to bother with complicated recipes and over the top decor you see in magazines and stay focused on classic set ups. Thanksgiving is not the day to experiment, so think about what it can realistically be done in the amount of time give and stick to what you do best.
3. Prepare what you can in advance
Cooking a large dinner is all about timing and capturing the right flow between each dish can be tricky. Eliminate some of the pressure by setting the table early or preparing part of the meal ahead of time.
4. Ask the help of others
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner doesn't mean having to do it alone. Asking guests to bring a small dish or their choice not only takes some of the pressure off you, but also helps guest feel that they've contributed to the meal. If it becomes too complicated, don't turn down help when it's time to clean up either. Remember to be grateful and thank them.
5. Finish on a sweet note
The end of the meal is important as the beginning, so treat your guests to a delicious cup of tea and dessert without having to leave the table. Queue to each of your guests' orders right at the table with fully customize drink options to choose from. You will be glad you did.