Delicious food, time spent with family, giving thanks for all we have … It’s almost Thanksgiving, my favorite time of the year. But even though I love this holiday, the stress can get to me if I let it and cause me to lose track of what’s most important.
So how do I keep my stress at bay? Below are my tried-and-true tips on how to make the most of this Thanksgiving with your loved ones:
Set the table early.
Preparing the table beforehand is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety on the Big Day. I spend a lot of time researching great tablescapes and then once I've decided on the look I want to present, I set the table about a week in advance. Then, the night before Thanksgiving, I set the glasses and silverware so they don't gather dust.
Prepare as much as possible ahead of time
Many of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes can be prepared the day before, if not earlier. I like to create a cooking schedule for the week, so everything is planned out and organized. This reduces stress on Thanksgiving and allows me to enjoy more, the day of.
Don’t forget to take breaks
I can easily get caught up in all the cooking, so if there’s a moment when I start feeling overwhelmed, I take a deep breath and head outside for some fresh air. Taking regular breaks helps clear my head and helps remind me of what’s really important: my loved ones there to celebrate the holiday with me.
Serve Easy Appetizers
Typically, you want to serve just enough to satiate guests as they wait for the main event. An easy cheese plate or my Wild Mushroom & Gruyere Toast will do the trick! Also, don’t forget to place these appetizers away from the kitchen, so those cooking will have plenty of room to finish preparing their dishes!
Sometimes, all the cooking that needs to be done is simply too much for one person. Be sure, then, to round up family members to help – after all, everyone loves to get involved!
Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!