It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means it’s almost time for TURKEY! The best thing about Thanksgiving, aside from family and friends, is food, of course. I love the coziness of this time of year: warm sweaters, delicious smells, and making memories. But it’s not always a pretty picture when you’re running around stressed out about lumpy mashed potatoes and wondering if your turkey will be done in time. Plan ahead with these tips and tricks for a stress-free Thanksgiving.

  1. Plan the menu days in advance. Decide on what you’re making and stick to your guns. Create a game plan where you detail what you’re cooking and when.
  2. Once you’ve decided on what you’re making, it’s time to go shopping. Don’t get stuck in the Thanksgiving crowds the night before the big day — you can (and should!) buy your turkey a couple of days before, because if you’re buying a frozen turkey you’ll need to defrost it in the fridge. Bonus points if you buy a fresh turkey — they last about 2 days in the fridge before you need to cook them, so make some space!
  3. After you go shopping, it’s time to do as much prep beforehand as possible. There are lots of make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes that you can have ready. Things like mashed potatoes and stuffing can be easily made in advance and reheated, leaving you with extra time on the big day of to relax.
  4. Speaking of relaxing, set the table ahead of time so you’re not trying to do too many things at once. Keep it simple and classy with some decorative gourds, pumpkins, and candles. You can even delegate the table decorating to a helpful guest! In fact, you should be open to people helping when they offer.
  5. Relax, enjoy, and don’t forget to take photos!


Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S. If you’re looking for a stress-free mini Thanksgiving for 2-4, try this sheet pan turkey dinner, complete with stuffing, potatoes, and beans.

Stephanie Le