Kate’s Take: How To Plan The Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner

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Thanksgiving is one holiday where family traditions hold strong, so far be it from me to tell you to change it up! You should definitely do whatever feels genuine to you. And the best part about Thanksgiving is that it has intention infused right into the holiday: give thanks and eat! But it’s also fun to take this mega-holiday and really go for it with food, décor and, of course, gratitude.

So, to help you feel a little less stressed once the holiday comes this year, I’ve put together a few tips to help you plan Thanksgiving—without the stress that may have accompanied it in years past.

Buffet-style means a more casual vibe, leaving more room for decorative flourishes on your dining table. If you have the space, give desserts their own festive side table.

So many dishes can be prepared in advance and just heated on Thanksgiving day. Give your menu a good look and decide which of your dishes fit the bill.

Think of all the pretty touches (cloth napkins, napkin rings and a butter bell), and set your table a day or two before. It will get you in that festive mood!

Don’t feel that you need to do everything yourself. Ask a few trusty sidekicks to come in and help prep or bring a signature Thanksgiving side dish.

Most importantly? Don’t forget what Thanksgiving is all about. Ask everyone to share what they’re thankful for.

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