5 Tips for getting Thanksgiving ready

Hey Cuties,

It is Thanksgiving Eve, is that even a thing? Do you have collards soaking in the sink? Is your bird in the fridge marinating in eleven herbs and spices? My Thanksgiving preparation is different than most I’m sure.  I like to refer myself as a new age gal with a twist. I do cook, because duh I have a family. However I’m not a gourmet cook or anything like that but I likes to eat. #FatSnacks.  Last year I tried my hand at preparing my first Thanksgiving meal and it was a hit. Now that I’ve crossed that item off my bucket list its back to bringing the beverages and flatware.  This year we’re just showing up.

Here are my Top 5 Tips for Getting Thanksgiving Ready

EVENT DETAILS: Find out what time dinner is being served. Then consider the people, does a 3 PM dinner time really mean 7 PM eat time?  Is it just family or family and friends? If you’re single will there be other singles?

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Thanksgiving 2012 – Friends are family

ATTIRE: The big question is always WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR? Is Thanksgiving a fancy formal time for you? For me I always go with a comfy cute type of look. It usually consists of jeans, flat knee boots and a tee or sweater. I like space to allow my food to create a spare tire around my waist. If you are hanging with your Boo’s family for the first time, put a little extra into your outfit. You know everyone sizes up the new person.

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Thanksgiving 2006

ATTITUDE: Don’t show up with a “stank” attitude. This is a happy and giving time, nobody wants your negative energy in their space. If you can’t help/fix your attitude then you should just stay home.  If your Mom has a new Boo coming to dinner and you aren’t feeling him, then stay home.  If Auntie is going to be there and you know she has nothing nice to say then stay home. The holidays are supposed to be a joyous occasion but that isn’t the case for everyone. One of my BFFs loss her Mom this week, at this very moment she wishes she could spend another second with her Mom. Take advantage of loving on one another a little more when we can.  Ms. Pat. 11/21/15

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Thanksgiving 2010

FOOD: You need to ask about the cooks. Is this a healthy organic, salt and pepper only seasoning, I forgot the giblets inside the turkey type of deal? Will Aunt So & So make a side dish that nobody ever eats for some funny reason? You need to know all of this before you agree to show up. Bring your own Tupperware or freezer bags? You can’t rely on other folks to provide them for you. Leave them in the car though, don’t come in with them in hand; that’s just rude. If people aren’t eating a certain food DON’T EAT IT EITHER. After the host offers you a plate to go run to the car and get your to-go bags. DON’T POST PICTURES OF YOUR FOOD.

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Thanksgiving 2012 – I got ups.

FUN:  It’s not rocket science, let loose and enjoy the day. My family turns up and we have all kinds of fun. From talent shows, to line dances, to football, to trampolines to arts and crafts.

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Thanksgiving 2013

Enjoy the start of this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving Cuties!!!!

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How do you get ready for Thanksgiving? Chat with me in the comment section below or FB, IG or Twitter.


Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Annemarie LeBlanc

    Thanksgiving should not drain out all your energy. It is a family effort to put a memorable event together. My boys are “unusually helpful” during this time of year. I guess it is because they are looking forward to a great meal.

  2. Dogvills

    I love your tips! The holidays are all about family, so we just enjoy it and stay positive, so we all could enjoy.

  3. Mimi

    If Thanksgiving wasn’t at my house I would leave me and my stank attitude at home! I am not in the mood to host this year but I’ll put on a front.

    We’ve hosted three years in a row and I am tired. I am not prepared and am only responsible for sweet potatoes. My husband is taking care of the turkeys.

    Great fun tips. I am with you I don’t have to see another picture of a plate of food. We are all pretty much eating the same thing.

    • MimiCuteLips

      My mood might be stank as well Mimi. Hosting is a lot of work, especially when you do it over and over again. Make your sweet potatoes and just sip something the rest of the day. 😉

      Right, we are all eating the same thing.

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  5. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I love this. All you really need for a great Thanksgiving is family. The rest is all gravy. But the gravy is so much fun.

  6. Jeanette

    I love that project you did! You are right fun is not rocket science and I think that thanksgiving is a great time to be reminded to have some fun and be thankful for everything you have in you life.

  7. Megan Elford

    Now these are some useful tips, lol! I love what you said about leaving a negative attitude behind. Family gatherings can be stressful enough without someone coming into them in a bad mood in the first place.

  8. Liz Mays

    These are really helpful! I’m going to take a few days off and focus on the food and fun this week!

  9. Jenn

    The best thing about Thanksgiving is spending time as a family. With such busy work weeks, it can be hard to find time to spend together. WE like to take hikes and chillax!

  10. alexandria

    Very non-stressful for me here… it’s just 3 of us since we moved away. I dont get all worked up. I plan things for my daughter to do while I cook, and I know the night will end with a movie and football! Oh, and wine helps all of this.

  11. Robin {Masshole Mommy}

    I love that tip about not showing up with a “stank” attitude. You are right. No one wants to deal with people and their negativity. I’d rather you just stay home if you don’t want to have a good time.

  12. Risa

    I absolutely agree with the not showing up with a stank attitude part. I cannot even tell you how many times my holiday has been ruined by someone with a stank attitude! I like to enjoy the time with my family and not stress. My mom does a lot of the cooking, so tomorrow me and my daughter are going to help her while my husband stays at home with our boys until it’s time to eat!

  13. Jamila

    The holiday always makes me happy, knowing that I’ll be surrounded by loved ones. I don’t know people feel the need to be “in they feelings”. Thanks for sharing these tips.

  14. Wendy

    We just love hanging out and eating! We always have certain foods for certain people!

  15. AC

    This needs to be a pamphlet that we hand out to “those” relatives and friends. Good read!

  16. Crystal Lopez

    This is perfect! I love the tip about attire. This is the last thing I think and one of the most important. I find myself procrastinating at the last minute!

  17. kita

    Since I don’t eat greens or turkey I get to have fun themed thanksgiving every year. This year I am doing a Hawaii Thanksgiving with Hawaiian type food. I don’t host and I pretty much don’t go anywhere. I always cook at home and then go visiting later and everyone gets 30 min of my presence cause after that… stank attitude comes on and I am ret to go lol

    • MimiCuteLips

      Oh Kita I love that idea. I am cracking up laughing at 30 minutes. Family can be exhausting sometimes, at least you know your limits.

  18. Shanéy Maharaj

    Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving! Great tips. To me it’s all about family.

  19. lisa

    This is the first year I don’t have to cook and it’s so nice! I got to sleep in and watch the parade with my kids!

  20. Bree

    I have never hosted for a group of folks before. These are great things to keep in mind for any type of event or party!

  21. Holly

    I am not hosting anyone. Very small thanksgiving this year so I am just chillin. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  22. Antoinette

    Great post. These tips are so on point. You’re absolutely right. If you know that you’ll leave unhappy, it’s best to just stay home.

  23. ricci

    I actually had to work today and had a very pleasant Thanksgiving spending the day with my co-workers. We ate good food, had great patients, and got to do a little online shopping. The best part? No one had to clean it up. Thank you cafeteria Thanksgiving!!

  24. Wood Arts Universe

    Yay! Looks like your thanksgiving party is fun! Glad to know some of these tips.

  25. Nicole (Nicole's Lifestyle Lounge)

    Awesome tips, plus i enjoyed the pics.

  26. Mistee Dawn

    These are great tips! It is always a helpful idea to have some fun stuff for the kids to do!

  27. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

    I am an only child of an only child we usually go away to a Casino for Thanksgiving Weekend, nice and empty first pick at the new machines, restaurants are un-crowded, but my mom recently had surgery and didn’t feel up to the trip, so stayed home and we cooked. Quite frankly I would have rather been at the Casino, but it’s about family first! 🙂

  28. Rosey

    f everyone left the negative attitude at home life would be a lot more enjoyable at holiday gatherings.. I hope you and all of your readers had a great holiday.

  29. Lynndee

    Happy Belated Thanksgiving! We had a fun-filled Thanksgiving with my in-laws. As always, my SIL who was always the host prepared a sumptuous feast for us. 🙂

  30. Siobhan (BeFree Project)

    Mimi these are AWESOME tips! I love that you have all types of fun on Thanksgiving. I know that trampoline comes in handy after partaking in all the good food. Happy Thanksgiving!


  31. Aisha Kristine Chong

    Awesome guide and tips – thank you! I can work on those as well – its so important to have fun filled moments with our family and loved ones during this time of the year.

  32. Cia

    I loooove your family photos. I never thought to do crafts. This year more than ever am I set on having Thanksgiving at my house next year. My daughters were easily bored and I was ready to go soon after arriving. Great tips MiMi!

  33. Valerie Robinson

    I love this!!! And your family’s arts and crafts are on point – neat!!

  34. Krystal

    Crafts are a good idea to keep kids occupied on those holidays! Thanks for the ideas and happy Turkey Day!

  35. Jonna

    This post made me laugh and nod at the same time. My family on my mother’s side is really the ones who get together, and we always do it the day after Thanksgiving. That way each family that does celebrate can have their own meal on the actual day. This Friday we all got together at my cousin’s house and the turn-up was real. Shots, shots, and more shots. And delicious food of course. My grandfather always nags, especially since my grandmother passed a few years ago. When I arrived he said he hadn’t seen me in 3 years – like, dude I just saw you at this same house this summer?!?! But my family is drama free 9 times out of 10 and we have a blast!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Jonna I love that idea, I might have to pass that one on to my family. lol @ your Grandfather, he certainly sounds like someone in my family. I love good family time. I need to come hang with your family.

  36. Adriana

    Great tips! I love the crafts your kiddos made : ) I hope you had a wonderful holiday!
    xo Adriana – Daily Dose of Design

  37. Christine @MomsNCharge

    Great tips! I am loving the activities you had for the kids. This year, I decided to do a Turkey cupcake tutorial with all the kids. So they each got to decorate and eat their own cupcakes (even the adults were excited to participate lol).

  38. Tyra

    We spread it out so that we aren’t exhausted. But I love that you now did your second Thanksgiving. Such a great holiday for family.

  39. Jaye@Curvatude

    we kept things crazy lowkey this year, so there wasn’t much to prep/plan for and i really appreciated that.

  40. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    Thanks for the tips. Thanksgiving wasn’t celebrated at my house but at my Aunt’s,and that’s always so she’s the one who really thinks about how to prepare for it.

  41. Latoya @ Life and a Budget

    I need to try that crayon art! My daughter would totally dig a craft like that!

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