Stress Free Approach to Preparing Holiday Meals
Plan Ahead – Some items such as pies, rolls, and cookies can all be made a week or more ahead of your planned holiday dinner and frozen until you need them. You may be able to buy those items and others pre-made and also save yourself some time.
Shop Ahead - If you get your meal plan and your recipes collected ahead of time, then you will be able to shop the sales, save yourself money, and avoid the crowds.
Prep the Day Before – Recipe items such as onions, mushrooms, celery, olives, and sweet potatoes can all be cut and prepared the day before your big event. Some side dishes including mashed potatos and stuffing can also be prepped and simply and easily be warmed up for your holiday fete.
Keep it Simple - Everybody loves a good meal, but donâ€™t plan more than you can honestly do. Nobody wants a stressed out hostess, that never shows her face out of the kitchen. So when planning your menu, keep it realistic, balance things that can be made
ahead of time, with things you will make on the day of the feast.
Ask for Help – Most people do not mind lending a helping hand and you may find that your friends and family will have a great time chatting and socializing as everyone works on the sure to be fabulous holiday dinner.