How to Host an Epic Cubtastic Thanksgiving

How to Host an Epic Cubtastic Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with loved ones, expressing gratitude, and indulging in delicious food. If you're hosting this year's Thanksgiving feast, you may be feeling a mix of excitement and stress. But fear not! With a little planning and preparation, you can host an epic Thanksgiving that will leave your guests impressed and satisfied. Here are some expert tips to help you pull off the perfect Thanksgiving celebration.

1. Plan your menu in advance

Start by deciding on the dishes you want to serve. Traditional Thanksgiving staples like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce are always a hit. Consider adding some unique twists to your menu to surprise and delight your guests. And don't forget about dietary restrictions and preferences – offer vegetarian or gluten-free options to accommodate everyone.

2. Prepare a timeline

Creating a timeline will help you stay organized and ensure that everything gets done on time. Start by determining when you want to serve the meal and work backward from there. Make a list of all the tasks that need to be completed, such as grocery shopping, prepping ingredients, and cooking. Assign specific times to each task to keep yourself on track.

3. Get a head start on cooking

Don't leave everything until the last minute. Many dishes can be prepared in advance and reheated on the day of the feast. Make a schedule for what can be cooked ahead of time and what needs to be done on the day. This will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed and ensure that everything is cooked to perfection.

4. Create a festive atmosphere

Set the mood for your Thanksgiving gathering by decorating your home with fall-themed decor. Use warm colors, such as orange, red, and brown, and incorporate natural elements like pumpkins, leaves, and acorns. Play some soft background music to create a cozy ambiance that will make your guests feel right at home.

5. Don't forget the drinks

Offer a variety of beverages to suit everyone's tastes. Serve classic options like wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks. Consider creating a signature Thanksgiving cocktail that incorporates seasonal flavors like apple, cinnamon, or cranberry. And don't forget to have plenty of water available to keep your guests hydrated.

6. And my favorite... A Crockpot Turkey Recipe

(No Dry Turkey here!)

For a stress-free Thanksgiving, consider cooking your turkey in a crockpot. This method allows you to free up oven space and ensures a moist and flavorful bird. Here's a simple crockpot turkey recipe to try:

- Place a thawed turkey breast in the crockpot.

- Season with butter, salt, pepper, and your favorite herbs and spices. I use Complete seasoning, Season All, rosemary, thyme and smoked paprika.  

- Add a cup of chicken broth to the crockpot. (and/or turkey gravy)

- Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. (It will not be dry!)

- Let the turkey rest for 10 minutes before carving. Although it will be falling apart melt in your mouth gooooddddd!!!!!

With these tips and a delicious crockpot turkey recipe, you're well on your way to hosting an epic Thanksgiving. Remember to relax, enjoy the company of your loved ones, and savor every bite of the feast you've prepared. Happy Thanksgiving! Blessings to you all!

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