Okay, there’s no secret that we love the holiday season. Not just because we love to cook and that the foundation of most (holidays) are pieced together by tradition and classic family recipes— but we are also family people. Simply put, the holidays bring us together. While this is exciting, it can also be stressful as these moments are often fleeting, and we all want to ensure that the day is perfection. You don’t get into Julliard on a solo audition, well, maybe if you’re really good, but for everyone else (including us), we must practice.
Alright, since you’re reading this, we will assume you’re hosting. First off, congratulations, Thanksgiving kicks off everything else, so it’s kind of a big deal. Now, let’s take physical and mental inventory. Ask yourself these questions below:
- How many people are coming?
- Do you have enough:
- Main / side plates
- Does anyone have any dietary restrictions?
- Envision the items
- What are you making? What are others bringing? Run through the list of every item, including beverages (non/alcoholic), that will be available on T-Day.
- Don’t end up shorthanded! Run through your spread and mentally place each item in its own serving dish, on perhaps a hot plate, with its serving utensil— do you have enough to accommodate yours and anyone who may have forgotten to bring one for their dish?
- Prep ahead!
- What can you do now to help avoid last minute stress? Purchase your non-perishable items ahead of time.
- Items such as, canned goods, potatoes, ice, and décor.
- We’re going to go out on a limb and assume that you don’t eat holiday side dishes on the regular, which means you might want to practice making them. This will also give you enough time to research and test recipes if you don’t love how it came out the first time.
- Don’t forget about dessert
- Thanksgiving is all about the bird, but there’s a start, middle, and end of the meal that must be also addressed. Our advice is to delegate appetizers and desserts OR outsource them (check out our catering menu here). If you’re focus is on the main / sides, let it be your focus.
- Even if you’re not making the pie(s), you are responsible for coffee and tea. That means, ensure you have enough cream, sugar, stirrers, and cups to satisfy your sleepy (and full!) guests.
Good luck and feel rest assured knowing that a successful Thanksgiving is all in the prep work. Also, if you need a hand, Roma’s offers the full Thanksgiving dinner (we’re accepting orders through November 19th!).