I know that title has you throwing up your hands like, “Yeah right, “stress-free” doesn’t exist!” to which I would say yeah… you’re probably right. But we can all do some things to make holidays like Thanksgiving a bit easier to handle, right? Right! Well ladies (and gents), I’ve teamed up with Bob Evans and TheMotherhood on this fancy sponsored post to bring you a few tips that will hopefully help you breathe a little easier. Don’t worry, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Step 1. Don’t think you can do it all! I know that personally, most days I take on way more than I can chew. I try to do everything and by the end of the night, I am in full-blown “don’t talk to me” mode because I’m so overwhelmed by the day. I sit in bed relaxing and need some Joanna Gaines in my life with a dream that my house is the perfect Farmhouse. So this year you’re hosting Thanksgiving but you have no idea what you’re going to do? Let Bob Evans help a girl out. Bob Evans can help prepare a delicious, stress-free holiday feast for just $109.99 and that serves up to 10 people. You bring home a complete meal at home, you win Thanksgiving!
You don’t have to order the whole kit and caboodle, though. I have the turkey covered so I’ve been trying to weigh my options on the sides and ordering a la carte sides may be the best bet, folks. Testing recipes, buying each and every ingredient and what if you don’t have enough of something (I’ve seriously run out of chicken broth and butter before) is so stressful. I cannot deal with that mess when I have my whole family plus THREE other smaller families joining us. You can order online, by phone, or get refrigerated sides at your local grocery store.
With most Bob Evans opening from 8am-8pm on Thanksgiving Day, you can even pop in there for breakfast or your complete holiday meal if you want to save yourself the dish cleanup. They will offer a special menu, featuring a choice of slow-roasted turkey, ham or pork served with a choice of three sides, endless bread and a slice of pumpkin pie for $14.99. Children can enjoy a choice of slow-roasted turkey or ham served with two sides, endless bread, a slice of pumpkin pie and choice of a kids’ beverage for $6.99.
(Price and hours may vary by market.)
Holiday Help from the Farm
Bob Evans Holiday Help from the Farm combines the wisdom and beliefs of Bob Evans, whose life was dedicated to hospitality, with the renown and knowledge of the Emily Post Institute. With the help of Lizzie Post, Bob Evans is here to bring the values of family and togetherness from the farm into your home with the Bob Evans’ Holiday Help from the Farm.
Tips for a Stress-Free Family Gathering
For You, The Host:
Plan in Advance You can enjoy the holiday and make all of your guests feel special and welcome if you have a game plan set.
Don’t sweat the small stuff Don’t worry about what “looks right” When setting your table, only put our things your guests are going to need. After all, it’s the time spent together that counts.
That one uncle is coming? Mentally prepare yourself to roll with the punches. Things always go wrong but as long as you remain calm, your holiday event will be a success.
Keep your focus on your friends and family. It doesn’t matter if the turkey burns or the table is not set to perfection, the most important thing is that your guests feel welcome.
Enough Food? Make sure there is enough food for everyone. It’s great to have some extra sides on backup so that’s where those Bob Evans a la carte options I mentioned earlier come in handy.
Anyone with allergies? Be sure to check with your guests before the big day to ensure there are options available for everyone because everyone matters at your table.
Are You A Guest?:
Put down your device. Holidays, in particular, are a time to connect with people you don’t see all the time, which is hard to do when glued to a phone. Of course, that is, until it’s time for some amazing photos to cherish for years to come.
Thank your host. TWICE actually. Of course, you should thank the host as you leave but within a couple of days give them a call or send a card in the mail so they know they are appreciated.
Offer to bring something. We all know how expensive a Thanksgiving meal can be so offering to bring one of the sides or drink option is not only nice but a weight off of the host’s shoulders.
Arrive on time. I’m sure this should go without saying but please be on time. Plan on being early because the day is about being together and sharing memories and stories. Being late is just not cool so don’t do it okay.