Thanksgiving can be a great time for family bonding, reunion, and celebrating life, but if you are like most Americans you will be attending multiple Thanksgiving dinners. Balancing multiple dinners can be a complicated and stressful task. This article will take a look at 10 tips for anyone that is going to be attending multiple Thanksgiving dinners, and how to cut down on the stress.
1. Small portions
If you have 2+ Thanksgiving meals to eat in a short amount of time then limiting portions would be a great idea. Showing up for the second dinner full will offend the host if you do not try any of the food.
2. Just say no
Going to two Thanksgiving dinners is okay, but do not over extend yourself to 3+ dinners just because you feel obligated. Enjoy the holiday and do not make it a stressful occasion because you do not want to offend anyone.
3. Are you cooking a dish for each dinner?
Cooking for multiple dinners can be stressful and very time consuming. If you are planning on bringing dishes to each dinner then consider purchasing a precooked dish or cooking the side dishes in advance and freezing it.
4. Plan out which dinners will be attended first
Chances are the Thanksgiving dinners will not be next door to each other; if this is the case plan out the fastest route to cut back on extensive travel time.
5. Enjoy yourself
Often times when following a strict schedule we forget to enjoy ourselves with our family. Spend enough time at each dinner to see everyone and simply relax.
6. Explain to each host that you are attending multiple dinners
Most friends and family will not be offended if you let them know that you will be attending multiple dinners. By telling them early they will not be upset if you show up late or leave early.
7. Go easy on the booze
Thanksgiving is a time for celebration and that often means having a few drinks, which is fine, but if you are traveling try to limit the number of alcoholic beverages consumed.
8. Limit desert
Desert not only fills you up but is high in calories. Limit desert portions at each dinner; try sampling the deserts, but do not take full servings.
Similar to limiting proportions sampling each food dish is the best way to enjoy Thanksgiving. You will not be taken as rude when you do not try one dish; I tend to take a tablespoon of each side dish to sample, but not get overly full.
10. Do not leave heat sensitive side dishes in the car
If you made a green bean casserole for the second dinner, but will not be attending the dinner for 4+ hours then you should make sure not to leave the dish in the car. Bringing a spoiled dish to any dinner is rude and will likely be looked down upon.