Have a Stress-Free Turkey Day

I have always loved Turkey day, no gifts, just family, food and gratitude. They say Thanksgiving is the most important meal of the year, and if you’re the hosting it at your house, that’s a TON of pressure! Since we’re just days away, I thought I’d share a few of my thoughts on allowing for the lowest level of stress possible.  The advice I’d give you for a Stress-Free Turkey Day is the same I’d say if you find yourself drowning… the most important thing to do is stay calm!

Get Ahead of the Game– I do whatever I possibly can ahead of time. Shop for non-perishables, clean the guest bathroom, prepare the vases, napkins or centerpieces etc. There’s nothing worse than getting to Thanksgiving dinner and being totally burned out because you’ve spent that last 92 hours preparing. Spread it out so you aren’t stressed out.

Let (sh) It Go– No, I’m not talking about Frozen but I’m talking about the idea that everything needs to be perfect. Plan the very best that you can and then a couple hours before everyone arrives take a breath and accept that everything will be whatever it will be. If you spend your day stressing about tiny little things or the fact that your dish is a little burnt you won’t be present and enjoy what is meant to be enjoyed.

HAVE FUN  – This is my best piece of advice! I want you to be relaxed and enjoy the time with your family but usually people are so too busy getting everything ready that it’s hard to get there. Whether you pour yourself a glass of wine, put on your favorite pre-dinner pump up song or sneak outside for a quick meditation, just be sure to take some time to just enjoy the holiday and your loved ones. Whether everything goes as planned or not, it’s important that YOU get a chance to relax and spend time with your friends and family!

Always Be Prepared – Just like the Boy Scouts, a great hostess needs to be prepared. I have shopping lists and to do lists and even a timeline for the day of. I know it sounds nuts, but it helps me to stay organized and I can also troubleshoot in advance. For instance, when I look over my list and see that seven people are bringing dishes in a crockpot it reminds me that I need to make sure I’ve got enough outlets / electrical strips to fit them. A little planning can go a long way!

Accept/ Ask for Help – One of my biggest issues as a hostess is allowing others to help. I want so much for my guests to be able to relax and enjoy and so I tend to tell them no thank you when they offer to bring a dish or come early to help set up. But here’s the thing, if you have 30 people coming over, you probably need help! No way can/ should 1 person do it all alone without losing her mind. So if someone offers help, say Yes Please and Thank You. Don’t let your pride get in the way of enjoying this day.

 

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