Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means good food and good company! Whether you are hosting or attending a Thanksgiving celebration this season, don’t worry, our family here at Coldwell Banker Lifestyles has compiled some of our favorite tips to make your holidays as carefree as possible.

  • Plan It Out: Hosting a Thanksgiving meal can sneak up on all of us. A few weeks before the day, make a list of guests, food, and anything else you need.
  • Let Gordon Ramsey be Gordon Ramsey: If you aren’t a gourmet chef, don’t attempt to be one when Thanksgiving rolls around. Stick to the recipes and traditions you are good at; nothing beats a delicious home cooked turkey with stuffing!
  • Sides, Sides, Everywhere Sides: Make any sides dishes you can ahead of time. Whipping up homemade cranberry sauce? Prepare it the day before so you aren’t scrambling last minute. This goes for desserts too!
  • Food is Love: Seriously, we all love food, and some of us just can’t wait until the turkey is served. The night before, prepare some easy appetizers, such as veggies and dip or cheese and crackers, and have them available for your guests to munch on prior to dinner. You can also ask you guests to bring something to share!
  • Give a Gift: If you’re heading to someone else’s for Thanksgiving, be sure to bring a small token of your appreciation for the invitation. A dessert, bottle of wine, or plant is always appreciated.
  • Don’t Get Left Out of Leftovers: If you’re celebrating at someone else’s home, don’t expect to take home leftovers unless you have something to carry them home in. If you are hosting, remind guests to bring something to pile those delicious fixings into. No one wants to miss out on the day after Thanksgiving sandwich!
Bake Ahead of Time: Our Associate Broker, Karen Haskell, bakes her holiday cookies about a week before Thanksgiving  The great thing about baking cookies early is that they freeze well. The day before she takes the cookies out of the freezer, and decorates the large turkey cookies with guest names and uses them as place cards. After dinner when guest are leaving she has boxes available so everyone can choose their favorites to take home.

Most importantly, don’t forget to slow down and soak up the moments that make Thanksgiving so memorable. We wish you and your families a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

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