Thanksgiving is a notoriously sleepy holiday, but you don’t need to sacrifice on sleep while cooking and preparing a huge Thanksgiving feast! These few nifty hacks and tips via The Kitchn and The New York Times will help you prep your way to hosting a successful Thanksgiving without waking up at the crack of dawn. So take note, enjoy your full eight hours in your Beautyrest and feel ready to take on the day! (Haven’t found that amazing mattress? Take our quiz to find one that’s right for you!)
Make Sides and Desserts Ahead Of Time
Tackle several tasks one to two days prior to make cooking a breeze. Ingredients for side dishes can be prepped and even sides and desserts, like cranberry sauce, cheesecakes or chocolate cakes, can stay in the refrigerator or freezer for a day.
Request Guests Bring A Dish
If you don’t feel like taking on everything, ask guests to each bring a side. This helps cut down cooking time, giving you more time to sleep in!
Buy A Cooked Turkey
Cooking a whole bird is one of the most time-consuming items on the Thanksgiving menu. It might be cheating a little, but if you purchase a turkey that’s cooked and ready to go, you’ll have one less thing to worry about come Thursday morning.
Consider A Catered Meal
Maybe you’d like to skip the stress altogether? Cater Thanksgiving lunch or dinner so there’s no food to prep.
Set The Table The Day Before
Whether you’re going for formal place settings or a more casual affair, lay out your linens, serving ware, and table centerpieces beforehand. Your beautiful table will be ready to welcome guests on Thanksgiving day!