Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thanksgiving Tips

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! It's one of my favorite holidays, but sometimes it can be stressful, just like any get together or celebration. That's why I'm sharing my favorite tips and tricks to making Thanksgiving stress free for you and your family!
Since all my babies are born in December and March, I'm always pregnant during Thanksgiving during my pregnancies. Which has led me to finding quick and simple tricks to making the holiday a little easier. So here's some of my top go to ideas for making prepping for Thanksgiving dinner a breeze!

Tip #1: Make your rolls ahead of time. This is my favorite batch of rolls to make (recipe coming soon) but they do take a little bit of time to make, just like any homemade rolls. If you are traveling or just don't want to make your rolls the day before or the morning of, this tip is for you. Simply make your rolls according to your recipe then after they have cooled from baking, put them in large ziplock bags and freeze. The morning of Thanksgiving, take them out of the freezer and let them thaw. You can even warm them up in the oven before serving. You can also do this with pie crusts! Say what?! That's right, make your pie crust according to your recipe, then instead of baking, put in a greased disposable tin, wrap and freeze! It's a total game changer ever since I learned that trick.

Tip #2: Keep your décor simple. I love decorating for parties, get togethers and holidays, but one thing I've found is simple is better. I try to find décor that can be used for more than one holiday or season. I bought this cute fall wreath years ago from Hobby Lobby. I use it during the fall and leave it up through Thanksgiving. I also have some fake white pumpkins that I use during Halloween and leave up for Thanksgiving too. It's one less thing to worry about doing the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and I can focus on doing activities with my family that are focused on gratitude.

Tip #3: Have activities for the kids to do. This has always been a big one for me. My kids love helping me with anything and everything, especially in the kitchen. But let's face it, kids aren't very patient waiting for Thanksgiving dinner to cook. That's why I always try to have two or three games or crafts for them to do while the grown ups are cooking and visiting (and the guys are watching football). This Thanksgiving Activity Tablecloth from Walmart is a huge hit at our house! It has a bunch of games and pictures for the kids to color, and you just put it right on the kids table. Even the adults think it's fun! My kids spend hours on Thanksgiving coloring and playing the games with family members. When dinner is over, you can just throw the entire thing away.
And finally Tip #4, which I think is the most important: Remember to enjoy the holiday and spending time with your loved ones. Don't get so focused on having everything perfect that you forget to focus on the perfect family you have gathered around the table. Count your blessings and take time to soak in the holiday. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, and I hope these tips help you in holiday planning like they have me.
The Keeper of the Crayons

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