Last minute prep are tedious and stressful and lets be honest when you need to prepare everything in one day is exhausting and by the dinner is served you wont be able to enjoy as much as you like, so let go ahead and follow this amazing tips that Cleany® has for you for this thanksgiving.
The countdown for Thanksgiving has begun! Between decorating the house, cleaning, prepare to host the meal and to top it all also preparing for Christmas, this holiday tends to be a little bit stressful, don´t you think?
In Cleany® we´ve learned that the secret to fully enjoy Thanksgiving or any other holiday in spite of all the work, is to plan with plenty of time to make preparations. We have some tips that will help prepare for Thanksgiving and make the most of that day.
PUT TOGETHER A GUEST LIST 2 WEEKS BEFORE DINNER
Even though you might have the same group of people gather together at your Thanksgiving is always good to make a list so you have a clear sense on the amount of food and guests you are having that day, also, we advise to add 2 or 3 more just in case someone desires to invite someone over, like a girlfriend / boyfriend.
Another reason to add a guest list is to not miss anyone, specially those who might not be attending because of our currently situation and have higher risk of getting sick. A good thing to do for those who have to stay alone on such a special day is to prepare a to-go dinner and drop it at their home.
TIME TO PLAN THE MENU, BUILD A GROCERY SHOPPING LIST AND SHOP AHEAD OF TIME
After having your guest list ready, planning the menu is the most important step and we recommend do it one week and a half before Thanksgiving. This way you will have plenty of time to spot sales at your favorite grocery store and safe some cash. We at Cleany® recommend to purchase the non-perishable items now.
You might think that getting the groceries 1 day before will be the most efficient way since you go once to the store and get everything. Thing is this is exhausting and normally you tend to forget to purchase certain items needed and then you are almost out of time to go and get them. Here is where the importance of the list come in. When we do a list we do it by segmentation. Is easier to follow and to create. For example: imagine you need to do a lasagna we will normally place all the ingredients for the meet in one list, all the ingredients for the sauce in another and so on. This way we ensure we get everything that is needed.
TIME TO CLEAN THE FREEZER
Why do I need to clean the freezer? Simple two reasons so you can prepare and freeze your dishes ahead of time and to leave room to save the leftovers.
Items that can be frozen ahead of time:
- Pie crusts
- Homemade stock
Imagine being so prepare that the only thing you need to do is pull your already prepared dishes from the freezer.
PLAN YOUR TABLE & SEATING ARRANGEMENT
Important thing is to know where everyone is sitting to avoid any disturbance between to family member that normally have their differences. If the table doesn’t fit everyone think about renting or purchasing a folding table and chairs for extra seating. Also, if any children’s are coming think about the children’s table. Seat together people with the same interest, take a look at your silverware, dinnerware, glasses and linens and verify if there is enough for everyone.
MAKE A COOKING SCHEDULE
At Cleany® our number one key to success is to stay organized so you can reduce stress. Take a look at your recipes and create a day to day cooking schedule. Starting from the items that can be frozen.
For example: You can place the name of the dish, the time it takes to prepare, to cook and temperature.
MAKE A SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THE DAYS LEADING UP TO THANKSGIVING AND THE DAY ITSELF
We might think cooking is the only activity we need to do in order to get this right but unfortunately is not. You need to schedule what is going to happen in the next days before the holiday arrives so nothing catches you by surprise.
Maybe you are thinking in a house deep cleaning, washing/dry cleaning linens, making place cards, creating a centerpiece, setting the table, etc. And a week or 2 before is a good time to think about that. If you are thinking doing it by yourself follow this easy steps if your plan is to get a cleaning service we at Cleany® are here to help if you are located in Miami or in New York.
Believe me, you will be so happy you prepared everything ahead of time and have plenty of time to share with family members.
Remember that Cleany® provides a variety of professional services! If you would like your home to be prepared and sparkling cleaned for any circumstances, don’t hesitate to contact us!