15 Thanksgiving Fails to Avoid
November 18, 2015
Mistakes like these can ruin your holiday — learn how to avoid them so you don’t fall into a holiday rut
A Late Start
When cooking a bird of epic proportions, there are so many things that can go wrong. Not only could you forget to defrost the thing, but it could easily get burnt or even dried out if not tended to properly. Simple things like taking the bird out of the oven to baste and keeping the oven door shut can help improve your turkey’s taste.
No matter what type of stuffing you are serving, this tasty side is not a set-it-and-forget-it type of dish. If left unattended, this side could turn into a total calamity. You can easily fix your stuffing situation by stirring in warmed broth or butter and popping it back into the oven under a watchful eye.
Food isn’t the only thing you can run out of on Thanksgiving! You could run short of cutlery, plates, and wine glasses, too, if you aren’t prepared. Heck, you could even run out of toilet paper! Try loading up slowly with a backup set of cheaper serving ware and be sure to keep an emergency supply of toiletries!
Not Enough Room
Maybe you got carried away with the guest list this year out of excitement. Suddenly, your living room is packed and your table is cramped. Guests will definitely start to get irritable with a ton of people and a hot oven. Make sure you are armed with folding chairs and tables to accommodate an ambitious list.
Forget to Turn on the Oven
Really, if you forget to turn on your oven, there is little you can do to cook a huge bird in a few short hours. However, simply set an alarm on your phone for you to check on the turkey after 10 minutes of being in the oven. This way you can catch early on any signs of trouble from your appliances.
Red Wine Spills
Sometimes people, even family, are just plain rude. Lay down the law when it comes to the amount of people guests can bring, if any at all. Should they happen to arrive unexpectedly anyway, you should always account for extra servings just in case — even for guests who simply want seconds of your delicious dinner!