No matter where you are, what you’re doing, Thanksgiving is a day when everyone takes a little break from their busy schedules; to come together and give thanks. Modern day Thanksgiving may not resemble the original 1621 harvest celebration and giving thanks. But, it still is a day that celebrates the coming together of friends and family – to kick back and watch football, come together as a family for dinner and give thanks for all that we have and for all the people that we share it with.
Now, even though you know what needs to done, and you know what you will be cooking, hosting the Thanksgiving dinner can become very stressful very quickly. All that shopping, chopping, cooking and cleaning it takes to feed a crowd can look quite daunting. Questions like – when should you buy the turkey, when should you get that bird thawing, how many people to call and when, can make it feel like climbing a mountain; no matter if it is the 1st time or the 20th time you are doing it. But, relax, it’s not that hard.. really. All it takes to pull off a fabulous, stress and accident free Thanksgiving it to organize yourself – make a list of things to do and prioritize. And, we’ve got you covered on that front. We’ve compiled a list of resources, web pages and to-do’s you can check out that is sure to make that mountain quite easy to climb.
Prepare your Thanksgiving Planning Checklist:
Two weeks to go before Thanksgiving dinner. Have you started getting your dinner checklist ready? If you haven’t, it’s ok!. Get your checklist ready with a little help from the folks at whatscookingamerica.net. Here you will find very easy, very doable checklist for you starting at 2 weeks before D-Day.
Is that Turkey safe?
In all that cooking frenzy, do not forget one simple rule – make sure your guests do not fall sick after eating your turkey. Be aware of the four main safety issues while cooking that colossal bird: thawing, preparing, stuffing, and cooking to the adequate temperature.
CDC gives you simple tips that all cooks in the kitchen can follow this holiday season for cooking a delicious and safely prepared turkey. You can also read up on these 7 tips for a safe and non-explosive Turkey day from livescience.com
Kitchen Safety on Thanksgiving day
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and on Thanksgiving it is important that this heart remains a stress free and safe zone. Keeping the kitchen safe is important on this day, when there is a lot of cooking going on and so many people at home. Take the appropriate precautions so you can have a wonderful accident free Thanksgiving. Here are some basic safety tips to follow:
- Keep an eye on the food: It is preferable that you stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove-top. Be sure to stay at home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently. Unattended ovens, fryers, stoves and other appliances used during this time could lead to cooking accidents and/or home fires.
- Keep your children safe: Keep children away from the hot stoves at a safe distance of at least 3 feet. Make sure kids do not come near hot food and liquids – steam or splash from vegetables or gravy can cause serious burns. It is very important to keep knives and other sharp objects out of the reach of children. This also holds true with matches, candles and lighters.
- Keep you floor clear: Keep the kitchen floor clear of objects that you could trip over. Use good floor mats to prevent slipping on the inevitable food and liquid spillage that happen while cooking. Help your tired feet by placing some anti-fatigue kitchen mats that do not slip and slide around. These will help reduce feet fatigue from standing around for long hours cooking that big dinner.
- Watch out for those extension cords while using the crock pot, electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer, or additional TV or electronics. Use duct tape over exposed cords, bundle them up and keep it out of harm’s way so you or your guest do not trips over them.
- Test you Smoke alarms: Make sure your smoke alarms are working properly before you begin preparations.
Setting the table for dinner
This is probably the most important part. After hours spent in the kitchen cooking up that awesome meal, your dinner table should play it’s part as well. Your dinner table is the focal point where your family and guests gather around to celebrate. Make your table look beautiful and thus enhance the food that will sit on it.
Check out these simple, yet elegant and stylish table setting you can use to get your table setting inspiration this year.
Fall Flowers: Create a floral centerpiece fit for Thanksgiving by adding berries or mini pumpkins to an arrangement of red, orange and yellow flowers. Rate My Space user Patrick paired this warm floral centerpiece with ice-blue place mats for a striking contrast…
A Thanksgiving table doesn’t have to be over the top to be beautiful. Rate My Space user luvmynugz paired a few subtle fall elements with neutral-colored dinnerware for a look that’s understated yet elegant. Your guests are sure to fall in love with a simple setting like this.
For more of these tried and tested table settings, check out the 15 Stylish Thanksgiving Table Settings from HGTV.
Still looking for more table setting ideas? Then check out some truly inspiring ideas from Southern Living. Whether you are looking for Fresh & Modern, Warm & Rustic, Casual & Stylish and more, these guys have the skinny on it.
Decorating your home
It is not just the table setting you would want to look pretty and inviting. You want your entire home to look gorgeous, that all your dinner guests will love. The guys at BHG gathered dozens of Thanksgiving decorating ideas, from fruit-filled displays and trays of gorgeous gourds to candle collections and natural centerpieces with flowers and leaves; that is simply to die for.
What about the outside of your home you say? It is fairly simple, For the door, a single wicker wreath would do. You can use a simple wreath or if you fancy something more then, some silk flowers and leaves, maybe some real pine-cones, take a glue gun and attach them to the wreath. This is super simple and can look really beautiful.
A warm welcoming doormat is always a nice touch. If you want to keep it neutral and use the doormat not just for Thanksgiving then you can look through some of our non-holiday specific welcoming doormats. If, just another welcome mat doesn’t do it for you, then look at some of our autumnal doormats, We have the “Almost Plaid Doormat, “Autumn Maple Leaves Doormat”, “Cornucopia Doormat” and the maple “Leaves Welcome Doormat” which will help you decorate your doorway for the season of thanksgiving and give your guests a warm welcome.
Oh! Another thing… be prepared for bad weather. After all the hard work you have put in to making this a memorable Thanksgiving, do not forget to check the news. Weather plays an important factor, remember. If the weather report predicts rain, ice or heavy snow, you can use heated doormats and heated stair & walkway mats. And, it also wouldn’t hurt to use some heated floor mats to keep everyone’s toes warm and toasty while enjoying your scrumptious meal.
We hope that these tips and resources have been of help and we wish you a very Happy and Joyful Thanksgiving!