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Last Minute Ideas for a Successful Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving is mere days away, and if you haven’t made a plan for the highly anticipated holiday, it’s not too late! If you want to invite the family over and host an impromptu Thanksgiving dinner, follow these simple tips for a successful holiday gathering.
Multi-generation family enjoying traditional holiday meal, grandmother serving turkey and mother holding pie.

Don’t stress & don’t sweat the small stuff. Enlist the help of your family members. Put your spouse on duty to take care of sprucing up the outside of the house, while you work on the inside. Don’t worry about doing a deep cleaning inside. Your family loves you, and they’ll forgive you if you don’t have time to scrub your floors. Do a little light cleaning, like dusting and vacuuming. You can give older kids small jobs like cleaning the living room or common areas of the house. Slip a sock over their hand and ask them to dust the entertainment center and the rest of the furniture. Teens and young adults can man he vacuum cleaner, sweeping, and taking out the trash. Make sure you take time to clean the bathroom. You don’t have to scrub the shower or tub, but do clean the toilet and sink, and be sure to empty the bathroom trash. You can light a nice wax warmer or candle to give a nice glow and fresh scent to the room


Don’t worry about decorating too much. Decorating is nice to do, but it can take time, and cost extra money. Keep it super simple by picking up some fresh flowers from your local grocery store, or mass retailer. If you need anything and don’t want to waste time in the stores, order what you can from Amazon. If you don’t have an Amazon Prime membership, you can still get free shipping on orders of $49.00 or more. Prime shipping is two days, though- so that’s a good way to go, if you can.

Keep the food simple, too. Ask your guests to pitch in and bring food to the gathering. As the host, you should offer to provide drinks, the turkey and/or ham, rolls, and condiments. As for side dishes and desserts, ask guests to bring one of each, and be sure to keep track of who is bringing what, so you don’t wind up with three green bean casseroles. Just a few side dishes will do- there’s no need to go overboard, unless you have a huge family.

Mother and Daughter Sit at a Table With Friends Eating a Roast Dinner

Plan to relax, and actually sit down and enjoy the food and company. So often the host or hostess doesn’t get to sit down, visit with friends and family, or eat! After you make sure everyone has what they need, sit down with everyone at the table and enjoy the food and conversation. After all, it isn’t every day that the whole family gets together. Enjoy the time you have to catch up and enjoy all of the yummy food that others took time to prepare and share.

Make a family project. One thing that you can plan for that everyone will appreciate it, is to have a family craft or project to work on. It can be as simple as making bird seed ornaments to hang outdoors on the trees, or making a fleece blanket to donate to a family in need or to the local hospital. You’ll feel so good doing a good deed to help others as a family. If you need to grab a few craft supplies, head to Michaels. You can snag any one regular prices item at 40% off! That’s smart shopping!

After it’s all over- sit down and have a glass of your favorite beer or wine… you deserve a little ‘me time.’