Just a little advice…
T minus 14 – Thanksgiving: the secret ingredient is ‘gratitude’

I would like to share some of my time-tested Thanksgiving hosting tips. My goal – sending you into Thanksgiving with a confident smile on your face, and seeing you emerge on t

he other side with your sanity intact.

It might seem like a long way off – and a world away for the many of us still reeling from the recent storms – but two weeks from now, you’re likely going to be sitting down to a dinner with loved ones (and a stranger or two), and feeling exceptionally lucky to be doing so. It is a Blessing!

Gratitude is the watchword, and it’s incredibly easy to lose sight of that while you’re bogged down in the details of serving a dinner that packs a certain amount of expectation. So how about giving yourself a break?

This doesn’t mean that you’re not making your best effort to ensure that your guests have a great time, or that the dish you’re bringing isn’t as painstakingly made as it possibly could be. I am just saying that the love, warmth and welcome with which it’s prepared and served will linger even longer than the leftovers.

Consider printing out these mantras and cross-stitching them on throw pillows or possibly taking them to the tattoo parlor:

1. Don’t be a martyr, be a host.
2. You can never, ever have too much ice.
3. If they’re your guests, they’re very likely rooting for you.
4. Accepting offers of Thanksgiving help is a sign of sanity & inclusion not weakness.
5. There is no such thing as too much stock or too many containers for leftovers.

And a word to the wise – the sooner you get a beverage or appetizer into your guests’ hands, or assign them the task of doing so, the more quickly they’ll ease into the swing of things.

Un-buckle up, follow these simple suggestions and get set to have an absolutely delicious day.

If all else fails, repeat after me: “It’s just a meal. It’s just a meal. It’s just a meal…”

And have a cocktail or two or three…

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you – Enjoy and God Bless!!