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