Updated: Nov 17, 2017 2:06 pm
These days, it seems like you have to have a whole host of life hacks just to get through a successful Thanksgiving dinner. There are articles upon articles all over the Internet suggesting the best way to skim the fat out of your gravy, make the perfect pie crust, salvage a burnt turkey, and find the right recipes to satisfy all of your guests' dietary restrictions. And those are all pretty helpful. But this year, we're giving you the real holiday hacks. The ones that are completely fool-proof and the solution to pretty much any problem you might have. Already stressing about the big dinner? Don't worry — we've got your back.
What if there aren't enough dinner rolls to go around?
Those buttery bready bites of deliciousness can go fast, and sometimes with people grabbing a couple, there just aren't enough for everyone. Instead, don't display them on the table with the rest of the food for people to dish onto their plates. Keep them at the head of the table, and hand them out based on merit. Who's thanked you for inviting them into your home? They can have a roll. Were the kids late and dressed sloppily when they came to the table? No roll for them. Someone offers to stay and clean up afterwards? Well, they get two rolls for their troubles.
I missed my flight to my sister-in-law's house and now I'm stuck at home without my family.
Wink. Really you're just too stressed to be bothered, so kick your feet up and enjoy your staycation! Finally, a little time for yourself. Your sister-in-law won't even question it, either. Last-minute flight changes happen, and so does holiday traffic. Instead of trying furiously to book another trip out, just say you did and sit back on the couch, pop on some fuzzy socks, and start binging Christmas movies on Hallmark channel. Don't worry, the marathons started even before Halloween.
The turkey turned out awful. Now what?
Guess it's time to break out those extra bottles of wine you've had tucked away in the garage. Sure, you sprung for a couple reds for the table already. But if there's no fixing that dry, flavorless bird, you'll just have to get your guests sauced in another way. Once they've had a few glasses, they won't even notice that you completely forgot to season the main entrée. Or even if they do, you'll be a couple drinks too deep to care.