You’ll need to start this at least 3 weeks before Thanksgiving. Take a diary and note the following:
List of guests
List of ingredients you’ll need
Gifts or favors (if any)
Clean your fridge
Before you really set out shopping, clean your fridge. You’ll know what to buy and what is already kept at home. This helps you not only save money but also helps you save space which comes in so handy for party dinners.
Not just for Thanksgiving, but planning is the key to every dinner or party you ever host. You need to make day-wise task lists. For instance 2 -3 days before dinner measure and keep ingredients aside, was veggies etc. A day prior to the dinner, prepare stuffing, chop veggies, make pie base etc. And for the D-day, make a hour-wise task list. With so much on your mind, these lists will become lifesavers.
Pie crust with extra flakiness
Save time on appetizers
Save yourself tons of work by making raw appetizers. Cheese and pineapple sticks, cocktail sausages, herb salami with cheese etc. make great appetizers and you save on time and effort too.
Bite sized pies
Use lids of mason jars to bake cute bite sized pies.
Freeze fruits to get cool looking ice cubes and add a little flavor and zing to the beverage, alcohol or not.
Steam corn in a cooler
Pick up shredded glass with dough
Steam veggies in the dishwasher