When it comes to hosting Thanksgiving, a successful delicious fuss-free Thanksgiving, the winning combination is part homemade, part store-bought and part potluck! Let’s face it, there is only so much time in a day and we all live busy crazy lives. No one says Thanksgiving should make you a slave to the kitchen but for some reason, it has gotten that rep. Here are a few ways to help lighten your load while making your guests feel as though they have had a working hand in the feast.
Go Potluck Style! Reach out to your guests and ask them specially what they can bring. Trust me, be specific or you may have 8 varieties of dinner rolls. I like to think, and hopefully this is the case in your home, that your friends and family genuinely want to help but just need some direction. So, they don’t cook, or you wouldn’t want to chance it? Ask them to bring wine, cider, rolls from your favorite bakery, or whatever else you may think of. The more involved your guests are in the evening, the better for the both of you.
Use Local Purveyors to Help Lighten the Load! Do a little research whether at your local farmer’s market, bakery, butcher, or other retailer that can help strike a few items off your list. From pre-made spice mixes, gravy starters or enhancers, mulled wine, homemade pies and Parker House Rolls, and even your pre-seasoned or brined turkey, take advantage of them!
And if nothing else, by enlisting some help, you lighten your load allowing more time gathered around the table with family and friends. Isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about anyway?
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