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5 Tips to Avoid Thanksgiving Disasters

Turkey time will be here before you know it, which means Thanksgiving Day preparation is among us. Although traditions and plans vary among families, many would agree that a lot of planning goes into this memory filled feast from the turkey and meal preparation to the entertainment for the guest. When certain precautions are not taken, Thanksgiving has the potential to be the most horrifying holiday of them all. To help take a load off, we are giving you five tips to keep in mind this Thanksgiving season in order to avoid having a Turkey Day disaster!

Tip Number One: Plan Ahead!


Whether you are the host or hostess who does all of the food preparation or the turkey day chief who delegates dishes to other family members to prepare and bring, you still have to plan ahead. Make a list of what dishes are going to be served this year from the main spread to the desserts. Ask yourself questions like:

  • Who makes this dish the best?
  • How many servings will we need of each dish?
  • What food preparation is needed and how many days of food preparation are needed?
  • Will you be using recipes this Thanksgiving? If so, research ahead!

Tip Number Two: Treat the Turkey Gently… Until It’s Time to Feast That Is.


I like to think that the turkey is one of the most important meal items of a Thanksgiving dinner so make sure you take the time to go the extra mile in preparing your delectable bird. There are proper ways to cook this special bird depending on how you like it- baked, fried, or even grill. If you are not experienced in cooking turkeys, read up on instructions and directions that will assist you in your preparation. Keep in mind the dangers and risks that come with cooking your turkey. Oil levels play a huge role in frying turkeys and have the potential of frying your house if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Tip Number Three: Temperature is Key.


Be sure to check your temperature levels at all times. How slow or fast you cook a dish can determine the outcome. No one likes burnt meat or soupy stuffing.

Tip Number Four: Have Entertainment!


The annual feast is about more than just the food. While the cooking is being done, what are the guests going to do? What will keep the munchkins out of the way and out of the kitchen? Have a savvy strategy in place to keep those guests entertained. Games, holiday themed movies, or family activities such as scrapbooking are some potential ideas.

Tip Number Five: Create an Effective Environment.


There are many elements that go into Thanksgiving Day. The atmosphere is an important one. Before the guests arrive, make sure the house is clean and free of safety hazards. Keep in mind the effects pets may have on particular guests with allergies, and also consider what home furnishings may be harmful in the reach for children. Also, make your home feel welcoming. This can be done using fall-like decorations and warm scents. Table décor can also be very effective, not only for décor purposes but also as an aid to label dishes to bring attention to the ingredients for those who are picky eaters or have special dietary restrictions.

Hopefully these tips helped you and didn’t turn you “cold turkey” to your turkey plans for this Thanksgiving season. With these tips, you are sure to have a successful holiday feast that will be stress free and filled with enjoyable moments. From all of us here at Homes.com: GOBBLE GOBBLE… Happy Thanksgiving!

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Cheria is an aspiring homeowner and the Content Marketing Coordinator for Homes.com. When she isn't working, she stays busy sewing, designing, and diving into all sorts of DIY projects.

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