Not everyone is a fan of thanksgiving. Some people don’t like the pressure of preparing a perfect meal while others dread the thought of spending time with family members they don’t like. Plus it gets really depressing once everyone goes into a food-induced coma after eating way more than they should have. However, your thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a horrible experience that you want to get over with every year. Here are a few tips that will make your thanksgiving a lot more fun and memorable.
- Cook your bird to perfection
There is nothing worse than a dry, rock-hard, half raw turkey on thanksgiving. If you get a frozen turkey you should defrost it in the fridge for at least a day before it is ready to be cooked. Use a meat thermometer to make sure that you don’t over or under cook your turkey. You will know that the turkey is perfectly cooked when the temperature reaches 165 degrees on the inner thigh and the thickest point of the breast. Remember that the cookware you use also makes a significant difference to your end product so, don’t forget to invest in the best ceramic cookware sets.
- Add fun side dishes
If you always stick to a traditional Thanksgiving menu, you should change things up by adding a few playful side dishes. Try to surprise your family members with a menu that they won’t be expecting. You can add fried cheese curds, french fries, mac and cheese, or guacamole to the menu and give your family members a pleasant surprise.
- Watch a movie with family
Once everybody is done eating you should gather the whole family in one place and watch a movie as a group. However, make sure that you pick a movie that is appropriate for people of all ages. Watching a movie group will give you the chance to share a few laughs with the family and have some quality family time.
- Plan ahead
Start planning your thanksgiving party at least a week in advance that way you will have plenty of time to figure everything out. You should also do some of the cooking in advance and put it in the fridge to reheat on the day of the party. This will take a lot of the pressure off of your shoulders and allow you to have a much better time with your family.
- Watch football
No thanksgiving is complete without enjoying a bit of football. You should gather everyone in the TV lounge, make some popcorn and ask everyone to find themselves a spot to settle down and enjoy the game. Even if you aren’t that big of a fan of football watching a game with the whole family can be a lot of fun
- Show some gratitude to your friends and family
Last but not the least, remember to show gratitude and give thanks on thanksgiving. Think about all the good things that you have in your life and be thankful to those who have helped you through your journey. Most importantly don’t forget to ask everyone to share something that they are grateful for at the dinner table
If you follow the above-mentioned points you will be able to pull off one of the best thanksgiving parties ever. Just make sure that you don’t put too much pressure on yourself because in the end you’re not a professional chef and aren’t used to making meals for an entire family. Simply do your best and cut yourself some slack on the rest. I wish you well, my friends.