Tips for throwing the perfect Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is the unofficial kick-off to holiday party season. And pulling together a bash for family and friends can take a lot of work. Here are some tips to help you baste and bake your way through Turkey season stress-free.

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Plan, plan, plan

One of the first tasks anyone planning a Thanksgiving dinner should do is to send out invites to guests. Compile your guest list early [as early as August to ensure your table is full of the people you love] and send out invites asking for RSVPs. Be sure to ask guests for any dietary restrictions.

Use pre-packaged foods

Who says you have to cook everything from scratch to create a delicious Thanksgiving dinner? Many companies now offer delicious ready-to-heat-and-eat food options. McCain has their line of Purely Potatoes; In Cuisin also offers delicious pre-packaged potatoes.

For any meats and appetizers, turn to M&M Meat Shops [they have so many delicious dishes on offer, you’ll float through dinner preparation with little to no stress or strain]. If you’re really up for cooking things from scratch, turn to easy-to-use and recipe-packed websites, like YouTube.

Decorate your table

When throwing a Thanksgiving party, an autumny feeling should be created around the dinner table. Decorate it with chic options from stores like Canadian Tire. They have dozens of cute leaf-shaped plates to display your baked goods on. They even have spacious dining room tables if you’re in need of some extra seats [check out the Telescopic Table Gracious Living].

Also, don’t forget to set the mood with smooth tunes from new artists like Emilie-Claire Barlow [her album of jazz standards is relaxing and soothing].

Rely on technology

Our parents’ turkey feasts took a lot more elbow grease to prepare than ours ever will. And we have technology to thank for that. If you plan to host some big get-togethers this holiday season, upgrade your kitchen gear with some of the latest technological items. T-fal has some incredible new pots and pans and electronics just waiting for a chef to use [like their T-fal Cook and serve Total Non-Stick line]. And if you’re in need of new appliances, Samsung has a number of great options available (like the SAMSUNG FEN300 Hybrid Induction Range).

Look to Trudeau for innovative products for serving wine and pouring olive oil and balsamic vinegar [they even have sexy salt and pepper shakers]. And to keep your water cool and clean, rely on the sexy new pitcher from Mavea [it’s the chicest new way to serve water].

Plan for kids

Unless your invitation states “no children allowed,” it’s a definite possibility some wee ones will show up at your event. So come up with a plan to keep them entertained. Purchase new and fun games from Mattel [from UNO to Apple to Apple, they’ve got tons of options available]. And serve food in kid-friendly cups and bowls, like the new line of Tommee Tippee spill-proof cups.

More holiday meal ideas

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes to Please the Whole Family
Alternative to Thanksgiving mashed sweet potatoes: Latkes!
Kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipes

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