It happens to the best of us. We have a bunch of great Thanksgiving dinner ideas. We’re sure that they will make the best Thanksgiving dinner ever! But then, somewhere, somehow, things go wrong. The closer you get to Thanksgiving, the more everything seems to snowball into a big mess.
Your great ideas never see the light of day. Worst of all, you aren’t able to share that wonderful Thanksgiving you had planned with your friends and family. The good news is that there is a way to make your dream Thanksgiving a reality. All you have to do is follow a few simple steps.
Plan In Advance
The reason why most Thanksgiving dinner ideas never take off is because there’s no planning. Remember that a great idea will remain nothing more than an idea if you don’t plan out things ahead of time. The best way to do this is to start early. Brainstorm a few ideas of what you’d like to do.
If you’re stuck for ideas, browse through some recipes or even some cooking shows. You’re bound to find something you like. Apart from the menu, you can think of other things like dinnerware, presentation and even some special games. As you keep brainstorming, cross out ideas that simply aren’t feasible. You will soon have a list of ideas for your turkey dinner.
Next, you need to start planning your menu in detail. This is naturally the most important part and it does need special care. You will first need to know how many people will be invited. This doesn’t have to be exact. Thanksgiving leftovers can last you at home for a few days so a little extra won’t be a big deal. Once you’ve got the number down, make a list of dishes you want to prepare.
Don’t worry if you’re not a cooking pro. There are plenty of delicious and easy Thanksgiving recipes to choose from. Don’t just look at recipes that look interesting to you. Find out if you have the accessories to cook them. Also check if you can get the ingredients. It’s also helpful to make a budget for your Thanksgiving dinner recipes as well. The last thing you want is to blow all your money on ingredients for just one dish!
A Question of Space
It’s surprising how many Thanksgiving dinner ideas never see the light of day, simply because of space constraints. This is why you need to take a pots and pans inventory ahead of time as well. If you’re making large dishes, make sure you have the pots to accommodate them. Make sure that your oven works well as well as your microwave.
This is also a good time to clean out the freezer and make some extra room in the fridge. A lot of food will need to be stored prior to the dinner. Making space for it ahead of time will save you a lot of heartache and prevent food from getting spoilt on the big day.
Most importantly, do not put off your shopping till the last minute, especially your turkey. It is of course natural that you might have to pop over to the store for some last minute eggs or milk. But make sure that the bulk of your ingredients are bought well in advance. Planning ahead and planning well are crucial to making your Thanksgiving dinner ideas a successful reality.