This time of year, recipes and time-saving tips to get us through the holiday season are coming at us left and right. Despite the goal of making our lives easier during Thanksgiving – the short cut recipe tips, shopping lists, menu planning, advance food preparation, and inspiring do-it-yourself centerpiece ideas, all make our to-do lists a whole lot longer.
Starting with Thanksgiving (the 2nd favorite and biggest family holiday of the year), then Christmas (the #1 favorite holiday), and followed by New Years Eve (the #6 favorite holiday), those of us who are preparing the meals and hosting the parties, all share at least one common goal: to spend more time feasting with friends and family, and less time in the kitchen doing clean up and dishes.
To prepare for Thanksgiving, so much time is spent cooking, planning and shopping for food. In fact, according to a report in thanksgivingtips.com, people living in the South are more likely to start their shopping up to 3 weeks before Thanksgiving. While here in the Northeast, people are more likely to start their shopping closer to 1 week before. This means that no matter you live, many have already started (and finished) their holiday food shopping. While caterers are accustomed to planning events and know lots of time-saving short cuts, entertaining during the holidays can be overwhelming and stressful for those of us that do it only once or twice a year.
According to a survey, after getting the preparations done on time, cleaning up after the meal is the second most stressful part of Thanksgiving. While serving food on fine china may up the extravagance of the tabletop, it is not a necessity for a truly special meal. Plus, china most often needs to be washed BY HAND.
One easy way to create an inspiring autumnal tabletop AND reduce the stress of kitchen clean up, is to use eco-friendly disposable dinnerware. The Bio & Chic disposables are modern, durable, and made from sustainable materials including bamboo, palm leaf, paper, sugarcane, and light wood. The mini dishes, bowls, plates, and platters are all well suited for an elegant (or rustic) autumnal tabletop and are a perfect tie in with the celebration of the harvest festival. There will still be pots and pans left to wash, but by eliminating the task of doing the dishes, more time can be spent with friends and family. Click here to see Bio & Chic’s complete line of dinnerware.
Here are a few more “insider” tips to for easier clean up:
- When prepping, cover the counter top with plastic wrap or newspapers
- Put foil at the bottom of your oven to catch spills
- Spritz measuring cups with cooking spray before filling with sticky ingredients like molasses to make cleaning easier
- Spread a thin layer of cooking oil along the inside rim of your pots to prevent boilovers
- Fill a large plastic dish tub with hot soapy water right before you sit down for dinner and let all of the dirty pots and pans soak while you’re eating
WISHING YOU A HAPPY, SAFE AND STRESS-FREE THANKSGIVING!