Thanksgiving is only 10 days away. Let me say that again Thanksgiving is only 10 days away. If you are hosting Thanksgiving you have a lot of work ahead of you. Below is a breakdown of what you need to do, for Thanksgiving Day survival.
Recipe Box Figure out which recipes you want to make. Look for recipes with similar cook temperatures and times. It will make the oven shuffle that much easier.
Test Bake If it’s something you’ve never tried before and you are worried about how it will turn out, do a test bake. If you don’t have the time to do a test bake, make sure you have a backup plan ready. Example: If you are trying to make rolls for the first time, have a store bought option in the freezer just in case things don’t go as planned.
Read Over: Even if it something you’ve made a thousand times before, stop and read the recipe again. See if there is anything you can do in advance and add all items needed to the grocery list.
Talk Turkey If you are hosting Thanksgiving Dinner it’s time to talk turkey. Spend the next few days getting your head count for dinner locked down. Once you have a good idea of who is coming do a little Turkey Math and place your order. Hint: 1.5 pounds of uncooked turkey for each person coming to dinner. Don’t worry you will have plenty of leftovers.
Order Your Turkey Ordering a turkey from the grocery store is great, because those are often not frozen. It will save you space since you won’t be slowly defrosting a turkey for days on end in your refrigerator. Hint: If you are buying a large bird, make sure it fits in your stove and fridge. If not opt for two smaller birds.
Take an inventory Make sure you have enough dishes, silverware, bake ware, and serving items for the big day. If you don’t see if you can borrow from guests that are eating at your place. If you don’t have enough check out stores like Ikea. They often let you buy individual items instead of having to get a large set.
Make Multiple Shopping Lists Certain stores have certain things, which means you might need to hit up a few places to get everything you need for Thanksgiving. So, start with one long list, and break it into sections based on store. This way you don’t have to spend one day running around the city, you can do the shopping in stages.
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Now that you have your to do list print a out copy of the Thanksgiving Survival Cheat Sheet get to work. If you’re looking for our original Holiday Prep Worksheet print out your copy here. For those of you who want to add a little fun to Thanksgiving Dinner check out Home For The Holiday Days Thanksgiving Edition of Survivor.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Havertys. The opinions and text are all mine.
Traveling can really take a lot out of you. From the long lines, the uncomfortable seats, and all that cabin pressure, your guest may be wound pretty tight when they arrive to your house. Before you give them the run down of your house, celebrate their safe arrival, pop some bubbly and have a little snack on hand. Think of it as a mini welcome party. Popcorn is my go to snack, since everyone I know loves popcorn. Instead of going with the basic kernels and butter, I like to sweeten the deal with white chocolate and sprinkles. Nothing says festive like sprinkles. Holiday Popcorn is super simple to make plus, you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry. So, you can use this for unexpected guests as well.Read More
Holidays with the family can be awkward, you know it, I know it, and your family knows it. So why not take what could be the worst weekend of your life and turn it into a game of survivor. It's a great way to turn negative feelings and conversations into a positive. Plus you might be surprised how much fun you have.
Curmudgeon Challenge - Every family has the old ornery person that everyone tries to avoid like plague. So, the first person who make the family grump laugh doesn't have to pick him or her up from the airport next year. You never know they might add you to their will.
Pack Rat Challenge - We all know that the family has a few clothes horses. So, the person who can pack the lightest, doesn't have to sleep on the sofa. Thats right, pass on brining that extra sweater and you could be in the guest room instead of camping out in the living room.
Yes Mom Challenge - Mom's always have a way of knowing when you've just gotten comfy on the couch or when you movie your watching is finally getting good. That's when they strike, and by strike I mean ask you to help them with something. Instead of getting interrupted the whole holiday weekend. Have your Mom give everyone one task. The first person to finish their task, gets to be task free all weekend long. Plus your mom gets a few of those tasks off her chest right away.
Cocktail Challenge - Dad has a signature drink, and chance are his going to be sipping a few during this prolonged family get together. So, who ever can make Dads signature cocktail the best get to spend the post Thanksgiving dinner doning what dad does best…. Napping!
Raking Challenge - Chances are your parents yard is filled with leaves. Grab a timer and a pair of gloves because this challenge is taking place outside. Who ever can gather the biggest pile of leaves in five minutes is immune from all yard work for the remainder of the holiday season. He or she with the smallest pile gets to spend the afternoon racking leaves.
Tech NO Challenge - Well all love to text and tweet but for this challenge you are going to have to resist the urge. Grab everyones laptops, smartphones, kindles, iPads, or any other gadget people brought. The first person to break down and use their modern tech has to provide tech support for Mom and Dad for one year.
Anniversary/Birthday Challenge - Who ever can remember Mom & Dad's anniversary or Grandmas Birthday year doesn't have to plan the party or chip in for the gift. Every family is different so if your parents aren't married use Grandparents.
Bake & Fake Challenge - Birthdays, Anniversaries, Holidays, Vacations, there are plenty of reasons for your family to get together. And there are plenty of ways that those get togethers can ruin your perfectly good plans. So, everyone does their best to recreate Mom's famous pie (feel free to change the food), and the winner earns one free Get Out Of A Family Event Card.
Creepy Cousin Challenge - We all have the creepy cousin and just like the family curmudgeon no one wants to spend too much time with this person. So, who ever can do their best Creepy Cousin wins immunity from the Creepy Cousin. That means anytime you get corned by Creepy Cousin another family member aka the loser of this challenge has to run interference.
Fine Wine Challenge - Mom loves her wine, it's a quality that you inherited from her. Who ever can bring mom the best bottle of wine, gets sleep in and sip on the good stuff during dinner.
Remote Control Challenge - Have your mom or a family member who isn't into television hide the remote control before everyone arrives. Who ever finds the remote gains control over the TV all weekend long. They are also the deciding vote in any entertainment disputes.
Black Friday Challenge - There is always a few things that Mom & Dad need from the grocery store. Mom stands in front of the check out line. She gives everyone a few items off of her list. The first person back to mom doesn't have to go Black Friday shopping. The loser of the challenge has to wrap all of the presents.
Red Rover Challenge - Aww the family dog, chances are you either love it or hate it. For this challenge the whole family needs to line up. Who ever can get the family dog to come to them, doesn't have to have to walk him or her. Now for some of you walking the dog is the only break you will get from the family so the winner might opt for walking duites.
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Thanksgiving is a mere sixteen days away and for a lot of you it means time to get together with the family. That is if you haven't figured out a way to get out of it. Navigating the Holidays is really tricky, I suggest you pick a partner and stick with them. They've got your back and you've got theirs. Today I will show you how to team up and bond with Nana.
Just because Nana, Granny or whatever you call her is getting a little old and shriveled, doesn't mean her Bad Girl has done the same. She is going to be thrilled, delighted and overjoyed that you are reaching out to her. Let's be honest you don't call her enough.
Get ready to spend your Thanksgiving Weekend with Nana. Special note before trying anything to bad with Nana check with her doctor or medicine cabinet. You don't want to be the girl who kills Nana right before Thanksgiving. Now for the Bad Girl Bonding with Nana.
Swap Dirty/Inappropriate Jokes - you might be amazed to find that the direst mouth in your family belong to Nana.
Get The Scoop On Her Inner Desires - who knows you and her may have a lot more in common than you think.
Join Her Bridge Game - This is a great place to swap pick up lines, stories, tips and techniques.
Sneak Her A Little Contraband - Chances are Nana has been without bourbon, her favorite hard candy, and cigarettes for way too long. *Again check with her doctors before going wild.
Take Her To A Sex Store - Just because she's getting older doesn't mean she doesn't have desires. And don't forget the batteries.
Get The Dirt On Your Parents - While your parents may seem like put together grown adults they were once in their 20’s and lacking any real direction just like you. Get plenty of gossip to arm yourself with, for when the conversation turns to your lack of having a real job and/or boyfriend.
Now, this is a list just to get you started. Feel free to branch out and customize for your Nana. If your dear sweet Nana is no longer with you don't feel left out; there are plenty of amazing women that would love a visitor for the holidays, just check with your local Assisted Living and Nursing Homes for more information.