Thanksgiving in Small Spaces

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I'll Project-Manage My Oven

Every time I do this, I feel a little bit obsessive-compulsive, but it's a trick that never fails me. Before the Big Day, I'll spend some time mapping out how and when I'm going to use the oven, and what temperatures I'll need to work with to end up with a table full of hot food all at the same time. There might be some people who can do this in their head, but I need to make a schedule, put it out on my counter, and abide by it like it's my job. That upfront preparation makes me that much calmer on the day of the meal.

Looking for some tips on how to get started with dinner project management? I like the advice The Order Expert offers, and Vanessa Hayes of Get Simplifized also shares some terrific tips.

I'll Plate The Food

I'll admit this is a little control-freaky, but because I don't have enough counter space to prep and serve AND set out the food so my guests can go back to get their own seconds, I'm probably going to plate the food for everyone, then bring around individual dishes (the platter of turkey, a casserole, a bowl of vegetables) for people to take more as they would like. As much as I like the idea of letting guests go back and help themselves, there just isn't any place for me to set up a serving area. (That being said, I'm happy to hear ideas if you've figured out how to solve this in a small space in the past!)

I'll Keep It In Perspective

No matter what, I'm hoping this won't be the last Thanksgiving dinner I'll ever get to cook. There will be other years with other circumstances, and so I'll focus on serving the best food possible and creating the most hospitable environment for my guests. We might be cozy, but that just means more opportunity to share conversation and fellowship. Isn't that the point of Thanksgiving in the first place?

Do you have any tips to help out those who have to serve a big meal in a small space this holiday season? Share your tips, comments, and questions below!

Genie blogs about gardening and food at The Inadvertent Gardener, and tells very short tales at 100 Proof Stories. She is also the Food Section Editor for BlogHer.

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