Preparing for a Thanksgiving meal can be quite a lot of work for many of us especially during Covid-19 times. Here are some common mistakes many of us may do and can be avoided.
1. Avoid taking the help of your guests – It is understandable that you may know exactly how you want the Thanksgiving meal to be hosted, however, if you can think of delegating a few actions points to your family members, it can be of add real value to the event.
However, you may worry that they may not execute your plan as per your imagination, but it can be easily explained to them clearly, right? Also, they may feel better that they are able to contribute to the festivities as well.
If you think your spouse prefers to plan the drinks, ask them if they would like to contribute to deciding the wines and champaigns to be served and get it organized. If your children prefer to help you with the salads or just stuffing the turkey, let them enjoy that process with you. If you have kids in their teens, let them plan the music for the evening. This way, you all have something that you enjoy doing and it can really help in having a more organized setup with everyone’s contribution.
2. Forgetting the Appetizers or having too many!
A perfect Thanksgiving meal is not complete without an appetizer spread but if you have too many also it can let people overstuffing them and ignore the main course.
It is suggested that you go for light appetizers like a crudité platter along with a yogurt base dip. You can also add up a couple of salads to bring in a bit of color to otherwise brown meal. You can also get some cut veggies from the store or marinated olives and add some homemade dips.
3. Trying out the dishes as you go: It may be a good idea to keep checking on your dish while preparing them so that if you feel like tweaking a few dishes you could. Your guests will love the idea of trying out same recipes with a different flavor! For example, you can add the cranberry sauce with a bit of orange or add in a bit of more salt or pepper to the mashed potatoes. There are many other variations that you can try this Thanksgiving and surely this article would’ve given you some ideas to check out!