November 8, 2010

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving Part 2

Season and Holiday Stencil - Thanksgiving

If you read my blog last week, you saw the first part of this series, Getting Ready for Thanksgiving Part 1.  I hope it will help you to get prepared and organized for Thanksgiving and that it will provide you with tips and ideas to make things easier and more inexpensive.  Speaking of inexpensive, for some other money saving ideas, check out my post Ways to Save on Thanksgiving.

Below are some ideas for this week’s preparations.  Keep in mind that everyone’s holiday experience is different.  Do what works for you and your family!  Don’t worry about what Martha Stewart or Rachel Ray would have on their holiday table—do what you think will be memorable and important to your family.  Don’t stress about the rest.

  • Pull out your planning notebook and review what you’ve accomplished thus far.  How is your menu looking?  What about the guest list?  Add any items to your list of to-do’s that you didn’t get accomplished last week but still feel are important.
  • If you choose to go to the salon for your hair or nails, call and make an appointment asap.  Holiday bookings go fast!  Ask Hubby to do the same for the barber shop.  If you trim your children’s hair, give them a once over and see if the cut needs freshening up. 
  • Continue to incorporate the theme of Thanksgiving into your homeschooling, Bible study, story and craft time with your children.  They’ll appreciate what the holiday means and will be more excited about the big day.
  • Review your shopping list for Thanksgiving dinner and shop the sales.  There are some really great deals at Walgreens this week on holiday ingredients, and Sunday’s paper had all sorts of coupons for your turkey dinner. 
  • If you plan on shopping during Black Friday, start watching for sales notifications.  I’m already starting to see these in my emails and around the blogosphere.  If you haven’t already, make up your holiday gift list and budget. 
  • Make a decision on disposables vs real.  No judgment here.  If you choose to use paper or plastic, go on and pick up some.  There are plenty of eco-friendly and recyclable versions out on the market.  The one item that I would opt for real on is your silverware.  I don’t know anyone who likes using plastic forks or trying to cut with a plastic knife.  If that is the only item you have to wash, you’ll still save yourself a lot of time and energy. 
  • Look in your pantry.  Make sure you have plenty of foil, plastic wrap, zip top bags, and storage containers for leftovers.  Make sure you have plenty of toilet paper, paper towels, dish and hand soap, and detergent available for clean up and guests.
  • Make sure you plan time for you.  The holidays can be a stressful time.  Make sure you are allotting time each week for you—exercise, pampering, prayer and meditation, anything that is self nurturing.  You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel when you do this.
  • What outfit?  Holidays are big photo ops.  Begin to think about what you and your crew will wear for the holiday.  Whether casual or formal attire, think about what will be comfortable, reasonably stain proof, and what will look good in a photo.  I stay away from pantyhose and high heels and anything that I would be worried about staining.  If traveling on Thanksgiving, consider what will be comfortable and wrinkle proof for the trip. 

Kitchen prep

  • As part of early prep work for the kitchen, start premixing.  If you have recipes that require dry ingredients, go on and measure and store those together.  A reusable container, mason jar, or zip top bag will do the trick.  Be sure to label the container so that you know what was added and for what recipe.  I do this for cakes, biscuits, pies, and just about anything else that contains multiple dry ingredients (flours, spices, etc).
  • If you are making cornbread dressing, go on and make the cornbread and freeze it. 
  • Consider the vegetables.  Chop any onions, parsley, green onions, garlic, etc, and freeze it in marked storage containers.  You’ll not only have the prep work done, but you won’t have to worry about cleaning up little bits of vegetables right before guests arrive.
  • If you plan on baking a pie, make your pie crust now and freeze it.

Stay tuned for more tips and ideas for next week!  Gobble, Gobble!

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