LAST-MINUTE THANKSGIVING PARTY TIPS

You forgot that you are hosting Thanksgiving this year (yikes!), and your family and in-laws are expecting you to impress them with brilliant food and decor. You panic. The turkey’s as frozen as Elsa and you did not have a chance to buy decor items (let alone clean your home). Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are some survival tips for a spectacular, last minute Thanksgiving dinner.

HOW TO DEFROST AND COOK A TURKEY QUICKLY

You come home from work and realise you the turkey’s still in the freezer! With the dinner a few hours away, how will you save the star dish? Take a deep breath.

  1. Submerge your turkey in a bowl of cold water and place it in the refrigerator. (Estimated time to thaw a fully frozen turkey is an hour per 900grams)
  2. Change the water every 30 minutes.

Do not thaw your turkey in room temperature or hot water as that may invite bacteria.

Cutting up your turkey before you cook it will speed up the process.

PREPARING SIDE DISHES AND DESSERTS

You can’t just serve the turkey. People expect sides too. If you’re running out of time, try quick and easy sides like mashed potatoes, corn with butter and salads. Heartwarming, budget-friendly and easy to prepare. If you didn’t get a chance to buy pre-made pie or cake, melt some chocolate for dipping and stack some sliced fruit on skewers. Fondue, anyone?

DECORATIONS

Didn’t buy decor in advance? Don’t panic. Grab your halloween decorations (mini pumpkins and such) and line them up on the centre of the table. Add some candles and leaves for a more homey, rustic touch.

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