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Stress Free Thanksgiving Meal – Simple Strategies!


Looking for Stress Free Ideas to Host Thanksgiving Dinner – Look No Further!

Preparing for Thanksgiving dinner can be so stressful so any simple idea is a good idea. We put together a few basic DIY ideas requiring little time on the part of the host. Why not give them a try?

5 Ways to Host Thanksgiving in Style—and with Ease!

This annual feast can feel like a holiday for everyone except the host. But our savvy strategies deliver major style with minor effort. You can thank us later.


Give centerpieces a new home.

Free up prime dinner-table real estate by moving oversize arrangements to the buffet. And don’t bother with elaborate floral fantasies: Just go “shopping” in your backyard for branches of holly, crab apple, or bittersweet berries.


Embrace the idea of a kids’ table.

To accommodate your youngest guests’ abbreviated attention spans (and your desire to linger over dessert), cover the children’s dining surface with kraft paper and set out pots of crayons for tic-tac-toe. Bonus: This tablecloth is a cinch to clean up. Stamped birch name cards ensure kids feel as special as grown-ups.


Label the dishes.

Your menu can’t please everyone all the time. Spare vegetarians, picky eaters, and friends with food allergies the awkwardness of asking you to rattle off ingredients by labeling dishes clearly — we used parchment-paper leaves.


Don’t bake it — fake it.

Shave a huge chunk off your to-do list by phoning in the perfect pastries.


Teach doggie bags a new trick.

Buy yourself some fridge space by sending guests home with leftovers that look good enough to eat. These takeout boxes are sold only in bulk, but trust us: You’ll find a million uses for such handy containers.

For more decorating ideas, see Katy McColl’s post over at Country Living.  These were some of our favorites!  Image Credit: Addie Juell/Studio D


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