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Last year I posted " Last Minute Fab: 5 Tips for an Alternative Thanksgiving" where I touched upon 5 tips that can be used to relieve the stress of "tradition". This year I have mapped out 8 tips that will make your Thanksgiving fabulous!
Take Notes: Tackling Thanksgiving dinner starts no other place than a pen and paper. You can plan your entire Thanksgiving meal from start to finish IF you write it down. Here, you can start writing down people to invite, food to buy, a seating chart if your fancy, and any other detail you will need to get through Turkey day successfully. A list can be made up to 2 weeks to a month in advance, just to make sure everything turns out fab.
Get Selective: Along with writing notes, its time to get selective about how you want your Thanksgiving to turn out. Now is the time to figure out if you are even having Thanksgiving, who you are inviting or if you are going to keep it low key and simple this year and just invite some of your closets friends over. Scroll through your contacts in your iPhone and check off names of people that you would love to celebrate, eat, laugh and be thankful with this year. If you know there maybe some drama from certain people, make sure you are up for what that will come with. And if you are not celebrating Thanksgiving this year, head to a restaurant!
Theme it Out: Having a theme for your Thanksgiving dinner will help you not only in the grocery store, but when it comes time to decorate and buy flatware as well. If you are planning a uber fancy Thanksgiving this year, renting plates, stemware and flatware might help with your time and clean up so you can focus on entertaining guests. If you are staying in with friends, you may not even need to buy a large number of things, which helps if you are on a budget.
Look Around: Look around your home and see if your fantasy Thanksgiving can even happen. Our eyes are usually bigger than the actual space we live in, and you will be in for a rude awakening if you cant fit everyone in your home for dinner. Can your home accommodate everyone being comfortable on the big day? Can your kitchen crank out all the food you want to eat fabulously?
Mo Money Mo Money: Speaking of a budget, planning plays a roll in purchasing as well. Once you map out what you want to do for Thanksgiving (notes, selection, theme) you can start to look at money. Food wise, its great to look out for weekly circulars at your local grocery stores and whole sale clubs. Buying early in the month and buying in bulk (i.e. butter, flour, sugar, loose spices) saves you the hassle of running to the store last minute. Decoration wise, its time to see if you have and/or need to buy matching plates, glasses and utensils, etc. Check your local $.99 cent store for everything from drinking glasses, small decorations and table accents, to help with your budget as well.
Eating Fabulously: The time has come for deliciousness. Food is a critical part of Thanksgiving and you want to make sure that your guests eat fabulously. If your on a budget and having a few friends over, swap out a gynormous and costly turkey for single turkey parts (i.e breast, legs, thighs, wings). Your budget can be cut in half by buying 1 item that can be made into 2 or 3 dishes (i.e a loaf of bread - crostini's- stuffing - bread pudding). For a non-traditional dinner, swap out the turkey for a duck or hen, and have fun with sides like fried brussel sprouts, brown sugar roasted yams or roasted broccoli.
Head Out: If you don't even want to fathom the hassle of Thanksgiving this year or you want to try something new, put on your fab down parka and head to a restaurant! Tons of restaurants offer Thanksgiving prix fix menus at affordable prices, and it also gives you a chance to check out that new fancy restaurant you have had your eye on. Going to a restaurant for Thanksgiving is literally stress free and gives you a chance to relax and get some rest before you fight the Black Friday and Cyber Monday crowds.
Relax, Relent, Release: My last and final tip is to RELAX! Planning can be stressful but Thanksgiving is also a time to enjoy friends and family and most of all to be thankful of all of the fabulousness that is present in our lives. No matter which way you chose to tackle Thanksgiving, be sure to do it fabulously!