“Look for small moments of gratitude in a busy, loud but delicious holiday.”
Never Turn Down Help – Keep in mind that this holiday can totally be a potluck affair, that’s the best thing about it! Let your friends, neighbors and family bring their favorite dishes to help ease your stress. Delegation is the key here! Pick the dishes that are important to you and ask your guests to contribute everything else. You can even divide and conquer. Don’t be afraid to reach out and let those around help you in planning and preparing the meal for everyone to enjoy! It’s helpful to have guests to bring items that don’t require using the oven upon their arrival. Mashed potatoes can be in a crock pot, and those that may not be up to cooking can be drinks, rolls, pie or whip cream for all to enjoy!
Make Items Ahead Of Time – Of course the one thing about planning your meal is not just the meal itself but making sure that everything comes together! Don’t rush. Try to plan dishes that you can make ahead of time, and even if you can’t make a full dish, look for various ways to get a head start, like toasting nuts or breadcrumbs.