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How to Host Thanksgiving with Ease

With Thanksgiving just a week away, it’s time to start getting serious about preparing to host the hotly anticipated feast. Follow these tips to make hosting Thanksgiving a breeze rather than a headache.

1. Decide on the menu and narrow down recipes. Identify and print out the recipes in advance so they are ready for the big day. 2. Make a timeline and list for everything that needs to happen. From buying ingredients, to cleaning the house, to setting the table, make your list and check it twice. Don’t forget to budget time for you to relax and get ready before your guests arrive! 3. Get a grocery list together and hit the supermarket early. If short on time or buying a boatload of ingredients, consider opting for a grocery delivery service. 4. Prep the food in advance. Anything that can be made a day or two ahead will save time. If something should be made the day of, the ingredients can be prepared in advance— chop vegetables, measure out seasonings, prepare sauces, etc. 5. It’s ok to buy parts of the meal. If you don’t want to be confined to your kitchen all day, consider buying pre-made pie crust or pre-chopped vegetables. 6. Wash dishes and utensils, iron the table cloth, and set the table the night before. 7. Get appliances and serving dishes ready so they can be quickly put into action. 8. Set boundaries with guests. Let them know the earliest time they can come so you aren’t scrambling to get ready with early arrivals. Ask guests to RSVP, and if they plan to stay the night. 9. Delegate. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask others to bring food or drinks, and don’t turn down help cleaning up. 10. Don’t stress about appetizers. Everyone is coming together for the grand meal, not hors d'oeuvres. 11. Have a cocktail in a pitcher or wine ready to go. Stock non-alcoholic beverages like soda or juice for younger guests. 12. Plan for leftovers. Don’t lose your precious Tupperware; buy aluminum containers in advance so guests can take leftovers home.

With a little forethought and preparation, you and your guests can enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving. Good luck!

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