Take the pressure out of hosting Thanksgiving dinner

NORFOLK, Va. - Thanksgiving is just a few days away and if you are hosting dinner for family and friends you may be feeling the pressure.

Jollity and Co. owner Kristin Lindsey shares a five way to keep the day as stress free as possible:

  1. Plan ahead: write down everything, down to the last details. Plan out what desserts you plan to serve. Write out a timeline for the day. Make a list of supplies you will need and everything that you have
  2.  Everyone has a job: Give everyone a job. That way you won't have too much help in one place. It will also take some of the pressure off you, giving you the opportunity to get done what you need to.
  3.  Have a seating arraignment: This will make your guests feel special. It will also eliminating any fighting if there are two people in the family who don't get along. Having a seating arraignment will also help you stay organized, especially if someone has a food allergy
  4.  Keep the snacks/appetizers out of the kitchen: keep your work space clutter free by leaving snack foods outside of the kitchen. It will also limit the amount of times someone comes in to ask when dinner will be ready
  5.  Don't forget to relax and have a good time!

Easy Cranberry Margaritas

 1 oz of tequila

3/4 oz of orange - flavored liqueur (we used Cointreau)

2 squirts of lime juice

Cranberry juice to taste

Cranberries

 Rim glass with salt or sugar and fill with ice. Pour liquors, add lime juice and fill to the top with cranberry juice. Add loose cranberries and lime for garnish. Enjoy!

 

  Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour

 1.5 oz or bourbon

1 oz of fresh lemon juice

2 - 4 teaspoons of maple syrup

Cinnamon stick

 Fill a cocktail shaker with ice (about half to two thirds full). Pour in bourbon, lemon juice and maple syrup. Close shaker and shake until well blended. 

Fill cocktail glass with ice and strain the whiskey sour mixture over the ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, stir and serve.