No matter what you celebrate, November begins a slew of incoming holidays – most with a focus around gathering with family and sharing a family meal. It’s almost overwhelming! How can you prepare?

Have a Family Meal System

When preparing family meals during the holidays, it’s crucial to have a system. Starting with Thanksgiving, food should be the centerpiece of your celebrations. First, consider your grocery budget. It’s important to find the balance between what’s cheap and treating your guests a little. Consider food options to accommodate guests with food sensitivities by sending RSVPs early and getting a good count for those coming.

There’s a fair amount of prep that can be done before the big day, but there’s still a good chance your day will be spent in the kitchen if you don’t have any help. Prepare your side dishes early and keep them in your refrigerator until it’s time to throw them in the oven and focus on the more immediate necessities – the main dish. If you’re looking for a big turkey or ham, you’ll need the time, attention, and tender love and care to make them delicious. 

Skip The Holiday Cooking

Sometimes it’s best to skip the cooking during the holidays. A lot of families have already made it a tradition to order take-out from restaurants that are open during the holidays. Chinese food is a popular option, but there are many other cuisines that don’t celebrate certain holidays that remain open. 

Regardless, for earlier holidays it’s a great idea to simply outsource the feast. From a new restaurant, to a family favorite, choose an establishment that provides drinks, good portions, and plenty of space for everyone to sit and catch up. Ideally, something that isn’t far from home so the party can continue where you can change into comfy pajamas or sweatpants! 

This holiday season, choose Whitehall Diner for your family meals and celebrations. We offer great portion sizes, space for large parties, and great food that’s sure to please just about anyone! 

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