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Holiday Tip: Ask Yourself If You're Buying Too Much

Holiday Tip: Ask Yourself If You're Buying Too Much

Well-fed guests are a Thanksgiving hostess's goal, and that frame of mind often leads to a meal that would feed 20 more mouths than are seated at the table. Sure you can send some people home with leftovers, but you're spending much more than necessary if your feast is big enough to feed a small army. You can still have your roasted turkey sandwich with stuffing and next-day mashed potato pancakes without spending twice the money needed to create a bountiful holiday table.

When you're going through each recipe, consider how much people will really eat. Do you really need five different kinds of cheese for an appetizer platter or is three a more realistic number? With all of the options at the table, do you really need to triple the stuffing recipe or will doubling it more than do? Desserts are one area that can get way out of hand — at the end of a big meal, will your guests reach for four different types of pie, or is two the magic number? Before you head to the supermarket checkout, ask yourself if you are buying too much — if you estimate the leftovers will last more than a few days, the answer may be a conclusive "yes."


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Spectra Spectra 8 years
Actually, for the first time ever, we DIDN'T have a ton of leftovers for Thanksgiving. My mom invited about 20 people total over for dinner and she made two turkeys, two big bowls of stuffing, a huge bowl of mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, two bowls of tossed salads, and 5 pies. We ended up having only half a turkey, a small container of mashed potatoes, a little bit of green bean casserole, a few sweet potatoes, and a few slices of pie left over. All of the leftovers got split up and everyone took a little bit home. I think in the past though, my mom's always way over-estimated how much food to make.
outofhere outofhere 8 years
Simplifying is always a great idea. I do like having a little bit more of everything though, it just isn't right if you don't have left overs! ;)
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
:rotfl: margokhal. I don't like Turkey either so I can understand your pain. My Mom ALWAYS goes crazy on Thanksgiving. This year it's our turn to host the Thanksgiving dinner and there will be about 50 people so she will definately be doing it BIG once again this year.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that this has to be one of the only reasons that i'm thrilled that i'm not the one that's cooking and that instead i'm just visiting family. if i had to worry about buying too much and spending too much money - then i don't know what i would do. it's a hard time of year...
psterling psterling 8 years
margokhal, I think people just go crazy around Thanksgiving! We're only going to be a party of five but my mom bought and 18 lb. turkey! And 3 of us aren't really even turkey people anyway!
margokhal margokhal 8 years
OH GOODNESS thanks SO much for posting this! I wish my dad had read this before he totally went off the deep end. So get this: We're (unfortunately) staying home this T-Day, having a meal with about 6 people. The lady that's putting on the meal wanted my dad to fry a turkey, because we have an electric fryer. Only *six* people to feed, right? Guess how many turkeys my dad bought? SIX. That's right, SIX FREAKING 10 lb. TURKEYS. I'm on a diet and I don't even *eat* that much turkey, and there's only SIX people. He said that he didn't want "anyone complaining when the wings or breast meat on one turkey is gone...". But SIX turkeys?!?! Gosh, what a waste of money...and time for frying all the turkeys, and space in our TINY fridge to house the turkeys, and how we're going to be eating turkey until Valentine's Day...@_@
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