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Is anyone else just loving this time of year? The kids are happily settled into their school routines, sports are wrapping up, Halloween is finished and the weather is a little cooler. My house feels so cozy right now and I am starting to prep for my favorite holiday…THANKSGIVING! I think Thanksgiving is the best because it is not focused on gifts. It is about gathering around with family, eating a meal together, enjoying each other’s company and being thankful.
While hosting any holiday can be chaotic, one of the best tips I can give to help make it easier is to take care of as many details as possible in advance. I do this so I am not completely nuts on the day of and I get a bit of time to hang with my guests. One of the ways I accomplish this is to clean the house the night before. Even if I am up late, I would rather do that than rush around right before everyone is due to arrive.
I make sure to pay extra attention to the rooms my guests will use the most (like the living room, dining room and bathroom). I picked up some new cleaning supplies to help me out while I was at Walmart last weekend since they are running some great deals!
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Another tip I have for the bathroom is to add some special touches. Most likely every guest will stop in there at some point in the day and they will notice them. Last year I transformed my spare toilet paper rolls into little pumpkins using orange and green tissue paper and I got so many compliments on them! You just roll your orange tissue around the toilet paper and tuck it into the top and bottom ends of the tube. Then, you take a piece of green tissue paper and twist it and then stick it into the top of the roll to make a stem.
Another great way to have a hassle-free Thanksgiving is to prepare as much food as possible in advance. Obviously your turkey has to be cooked that day but there is nothing preventing you from making some delicious desserts the day before. One of my favorites (since I am a chocolate lover) is a Caramel Brownie Trifle. It could not be easier to put together and it looks so beautiful on your holiday table.
For this decadent Caramel Brownie Trifle, you will need:
2 boxes of brownies (and ingredients to make them)
2 (8 oz) containers Cool Whip
chocolate or hot fudge topping
chocolate covered pretzels for the topping
- Prepare the brownies according to directions and let them cool. Cut them into squares.
- Place a layer of brownies on the bottom of the trifle bowl.
- Spoon on a layer of Cool Whip. Drizzle on caramel topping and chocolate fudge.
- Repeat with layers of brownies, Cool Whip, caramel and chocolate fudge until you reach the top.
- Cover the top with Cool Whip, caramel, and garnish with crumbled chocolate-covered pretzels.
- Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
Click here for more great ideas, recipes and tutorials sure to make your Thanksgiving fabulous! Do you have any tips to make holiday prep easier? Please share them in the comments!