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Less Stress Holiday Dinners

Photo via: Southern Living Magazine
Thanksgiving Dinner can be stressful. The pressure of creating a beautiful designer like table that everyone raves over for months to come. You are chef, hostess, child wrangler, table designer and more.

And then comes Thanksgiving Day. The guests are arriving, the kitchen
is full of goodies simmering away, yet how do you do it all and still smile? DELEGATE !! Getting guests involved in the preparation of a monstrous dinner not only takes the pressure off you to do everything, but   also makes guests feel as they are were a valuable part of the big day, and in creating a beautiful holiday memory.
Have a list of easy tasks prepared for guests to help with such as refilling drinks, setting out appetizer trays etc. By having someone else do little things for you, can actually be a better host to your guests by relaxing and enjoying their company,  while you take care of the most important presentation of all -- The Turkey. 
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Remember that Family gatherings usually involve small children. Appetizer trays meant for adult guests, are a sure invitation for little hands and sloppy messes.
Create a kid friendly appetizer tray with cheese sticks, apple slices, animal crackers, etc, to keep them focused on their own delights
At the end of the day If nothing else take a deep breath and remember this - Even the best of chefs, have set off a smoke alarm or two in their days. The most important thing about the Holidays, is to enjoy family and friends, and be thankful for the love, support, and most of all bravery, for enduring whatever comes out of the kitchen that day !!