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  • Kylene Ronayne

Hosting Thanksgiving? Here's what you need to know...

BRING ON THE TURKEY! Whether it's your first time hosting or you're a seasoned pro, Thanksgiving can be an overwhelming and stressful holiday to host. This article will give you some essential tips to make your Thanksgiving night as stress-free and fun-filled as possible!

Don't be afraid to ask for help!

Just because you’re hosting doesn’t mean you need to make every single thing. Pick the dishes that are most important to you to make, and then ask guests to contribute their favorites!

Make as much ahead as possible

The most stressful time during Thanksgiving is the infamous last-minute rush. When you’re planning your menu, look for dishes that can be made ahead. Even if you can’t make a full dish ahead, look for ways to peel off the pieces of a recipe.

Stick to the classics

This is not the time to experiment with new recipes! Try to keep it simple and make dishes that you've worked with before.

Start early on non-food prep

Make sure all the dishes are cleaned, iron the tablecloths, set the table a night ahead, etc. Sometimes hosts can get so caught up in the food aspect of the night, and then all the other stuff is overlooked until the last second.

Create a timeline for the night

Avoid last-minute overload by counting backwards from the time dinner is served and scheduling out prep time and oven time. Take a deep breath and make a list in advance.

Have the cocktails ready to go!

Have the wine chilling in the fridge or a pitcher of sangria ready to be poured. If everyone has a drink in their hand, they won’t care if dinner is served an hour later than you planned!

COMPASS hopes you have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving filled with food, family, and fun! (:

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