Several weeks before the big day, make a detailed list of all the foods you will need for your dinner. Keep in mind, there is no need to spend needless hours baking and cooking an abundance of fancy foods. Your guests will be there to enjoy your company; they will not care if you do not serve a ten-course meal. Obviously, cooking a turkey is one of the biggest traditions. If you plan ahead, you can cook a dinner that revolves around the turkey that everyone will enjoy. Go easy on appetizers, it is easy for people to get carried away with the tradition of eating a lot of food on this holiday and you do not want everyone to be full when the dinner is ready. Plan to serve light crackers, perhaps with cheese, small slices of fruit and other simple foods for the appetizers.
It is very easy to purchase a turkey that already is prepared with a timer. This will save you time in checking on it every hour. In addition, one of the best time saving items you can buy is a cooking bag. There are several brands, but they are all serve the same purpose: you simply put the turkey into the plastic bag, close with a tie and put it in your oven. The bag serves the task of basting the turkey and the turkey will cook faster, as well. In using the bag, you eliminate the need to have to constantly baste the turkey. Save your time for other details.
There is no need to make a homemade stuffing, as any store bought brand of stuffing will taste delicious once baked inside the turkey and coated with the drippings. Add a few easy to make side dishes that do not take long to prepare, such as potatoes, carrots, green beans, squash, and corn. Add some fresh bread and perhaps a salad and your Thanksgiving dinner is complete. Salads can even be bought from the store with the lettuce already pre-cut; this will greatly reduce your time in the kitchen. Do not fuss over dessert. Almost any town has one famous bakery. If none of your guests will be bringing desserts, just try to purchase one pie and one cake. Most people will be very full from dinner, and desserts are often appealing to the eye, but with no room in the stomach.
Adding a Thanksgiving decoration theme to your home is important as well. It can be very easy and you might be surprised how cozy and enjoyable you can make your home for this special day. Some Thanksgiving dinner decorations can even be made for no money at all. If you live in an area in which the trees produce foliage, all it takes is some fun in the yard or park to collect colorful leaves. You can use the fall time leaves to decorate so much: fill glass vases, glue them together to form wreaths, use a big colorful leaf as a guest card for each dinner guest, the list is as large as your imagination. You can also use pumpkins to give your home that wonderful autumn feeling. A quick trip to a pumpkin farm or a ride to any local supermarket will allow you to pick up an array of different pumpkins to decorate your home. You can even use one as a centerpiece, but arranging a circle of leaves around the base of it. Make any Thanksgiving decoration in the weeks before the big day, so that you can devote your time to the dinner and the enjoyment of your guests. Thanksgiving is a day for you to enjoy and you can do so by simplifying your tasks.