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Four Ways to Simplify Your Thanksgiving Routine

By: Amy Wicks

November 14, 2017

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Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving? It seems like we leaped from Labor Day to the holiday season in two seconds flat. We are now just days away from the big event, and if you’re like us (total procrastinators), your to-do list is getting longer by the minute.

If you’re feeling a little panicky, take a deep breath. We’re here to help! Before you scour Pinterest for ideas, take a look at our four simple tips to planning a stress-free Thanksgiving.

Do Away With Themed Dishes

Keep your holiday table simple and modern-looking by using the dining sets and dinnerware you already own. A chic selection of fall-inspired flowers is a nice touch on the table. If that seems a little too bare, consider adding some seasonal fruit, like clementines or pomegranates, into small bowls, set on each side of the bouquet.

Help Yourself

Four Ways to Simplify Your Thanksgiving Routine

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From turkey to stuffing to dinner roles, set up all of your food on one table, buffet style, and let your guests help themselves. If you want, you can create little menu cards next to each item. But, you don’t have to. We all know what sweet potatoes are!

Create a Kid’s Table

Three cheers for the kid’s table! This holiday tradition is a win for everyone. The adults get some time off to enjoy their meal, and the kids get to chill with their friends. Make it even more fun by covering the table with a big piece of butcher paper or a throwaway paper tablecloth and provide lots of crayons. Serve dinner on disposable plates (for the kids only) and set out colorful, throw-away napkins.

Embrace the Bar Cart

Four Ways to Simplify Your Thanksgiving Routine

Place your wine, beer and holiday-themed cocktails on a bar cart in a spot with some distance from the kitchen (and preferably next to a few appetizers) to keep your guests entertained while you’re cooking and getting dinner ready. Food + drinks = relaxed, happy guests.

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