Four Thanksgiving Kitchen Ideas
This is where the day starts and ends in the kitchen. Often started early in the morning or even the day before when family arrives and begins prep for the meal. Then ends when the last dish is washed and put away. Meanwhile there is a lot of time between. Ways to help Thanksgiving mean something to everyone is get everyone involved. Over the years, this will develop into a tradition.
1. Give each part of the meal a team. Pick one older person and one younger person so each task is taught and handed down in the family. Such as Dad and Son doing the turkey. Grandma and Granddaughter on peeling potatoes.
2. Dishes and set up. This is a good time for children to learn how to dress a table, where the fork goes, and why it might be cool to sit at the kids table if one or two Uncles and Aunts hang out with them. These Uncles and Aunts might even be more tempted to sit at this table if it involves no dishes to washing later.
3. Clean up. This does not have to be all one person’s job. One person on dishes, glasses, silverware, load/unload the dishwasher or hand wash/dry/put away, with teams putting away food to re-arranging chairs for movies or the game to watch.
4. Then the person who needs the break the most is the one who does the most cooking. One team member is responsible for making sure this person gets breaks and enjoys the holiday. The best person for this job is then next person who will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner. Nothing like a little orientation before they have to do it all themselves.
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