Your Survival Kit for Hosting Thanksgiving!
I love having everyone over my house and making a huge meal for Thanksgiving. Sometimes I go a little overboard and make too much but I want there to be something for everyone. We have family members that are vegetarians, some are bothered by milk products, and some that can’t eat certain things because it gives them heartburn. There are even the ones that get tummy upset from eating too much. (raising my hand!)
My husband dreads the holidays because he knows how I am about having family over. After all…isn’t that why we moved to Kansas?
So here are a few handy dandy survival tips for hosting Thanksgiving at your home this year!
Chop vegetables and make desserts in advance!
There are certain side dishes and desserts that you can make a couple days in advance so that you don’t have so much to do on the actual day. I like to chop up my vegetables for my stuffing as well as cube the bread on the night before. It’s a huge time saver early in the morning when I’m putting my stuffing together. I also like to make the pies the day before so I don’t need the oven that my turkey is in.
Set the table the day before.
This is a no brainer. You can have the kids help with the silverware if they are younger and the older ones can help with the dishes. If you are doing a buffet style like we do, then set everything up on one table and that’s one less thing you have to do on the day of.
Go shopping the week before.
The last few years I have noticed that Thanksgiving items go on sale a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving and some even as soon as the day after Halloween. Stock up a little every week. I shop at Walmart for everything and with their low prices everyday it’s the best place for everything on your list. Plus you don’t have to carry everything into the house and put it away all in one day.
Have relief on hand.
It’s important to have IMODIUM®, LACTAID®, and PEPCID® on hand so that after the feast, you are prepared in case someone says they have heartburn, diarrhea or an allergy to dairy. Someone is bound to end up with some digestive issues after eating a big holiday meal.
I usually end up eating too much and then have diarrhea. You would think that I know this by now, but everything looks so good and I want to eat it all. Luckily I keep IMODIUM® A-D® Softgels on hand to help with that. Each softgel caplet contains two milligrams of loperamide hydrochloride that helps relieve diarrhea symptoms, including traveler’s diarrhea, often in just one dose. From the number one doctor-recommended brand of anti-diarrheal products, this proven formula helps restore the natural rhythm of your digestive system.
My son is bothered by heartburn after we eat certain foods. Even though I try to cook tummy friendly dishes, there are the dishes that I grew up with and can’t see not having them because of heartburn. PEPCID® takes care of that.
There are a few family members that get tummy upset from dairy but you can’t leave out the mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving. LACTAID® is perfect for them.
It’s not a bother to have these things on hand just in case because I pick them up when I go shopping at Walmart for everything else and they are located right in front of the pharmacy department.
Look for a coupon in your 11/6 Sunday paper to save up to $3 on IMODIUM®, PEPCID® and LACTAID®!