Auntie Nono’s Top 3 Party Hacks to Make Thanksgiving a Breeze

Holidays can be stressful. If this is your first time hosting or you are not an experienced cook, it can be an incredibly daunting endeavor. Auntie Nono is here to help with her top 3 party hacks for an effortless Thanksgiving.


Holidays can be stressful. If this is your first time hosting or you are not an experienced cook, it can be an incredibly daunting endeavor. It can also feel like an overwhelming amount of preparation. And, quite frankly, it can get expensive to feed a crowd of people. 

It doesn’t have to be difficult nor expensive, though. Thanksgiving is a perfect example of a holiday when sometimes simplifying things can lead to a far more enjoyable experience for both you and your guests.

Plan Your Meal and Shop Early

Planning your meal, making a list, and shopping early can help make the holiday seem less frantic. 

Keep it simple! Pick the well-known traditional items like turkey, beans, potatoes, corn, carrots, and peas. If possible, buy frozen vegetables from the freezer section. Frozen vegetables are a quick and easy item to add to the table. Also, don’t be afraid to pick up some pre-made sides and desserts from the deli or bakery at your local market. You can add your extra seasoning or whipped decorations to give it a touch of flair. 

If you are shopping early for your meal, the Monday before Thanksgiving around 8:00 am is traditionally the least busy time of the week. It will, of course, get busier the closer you get to Thursday.  

Do Less, Savor More

Once you have your meal planned and your shopping completed, it’s time to cook your Thanksgiving feast.  It can be overwhelming sifting through the thousands of recipes online trying to pick the perfect recipes that will make your meal memorable.
The fact is, you can make any recipe pop by just adding Auntie Nono’s Trio of seasonings. These seasonings will liven up any dish and can make the mundane taste exceptional. 

What makes Auntie Nono’s seasonings so flexible is that you can use them on everything. Use it to flavor your Turkey, vegetables, and rolls. 

Not sure which to choose? Grab  Auntie Nono’s Savory Sampler Set, consisting of our Everything Seasoning, Seafood Seasoning, and Firecracker Sea Salt. With this trio set, you are sure to have a delicious holiday meal.


Another potentially tricky part to hosting Thanksgiving is deciding how to decorate and what to decorate with.

Decorating can seem like an expensive and involved part of the holiday but, just like the dinner itself, it doesn’t have to be. Focus on the areas in your home where your guests will be spending the most time. For example, the dining room and living room.

If you didn’t carve your Halloween pumpkins and they are still in great shape, you can transition them to centerpieces on your dining room or serving table. By now the trees in your yard should have lost most of their leaves. You can use the leaves as table decorations, and if you are lucky enough to have pine cones, they can make great inexpensive decorations.

If you have kids, recruit them to gather and make decorations for the event. Who can resist hand-traced turkeys, painted pine cones, and construction paper art? Not only will their artwork make your diner event fun and whimsical, but it will also make for great conversation pieces. I am sure your kids will also be happy to be included in the excitement of getting ready for friends and family to visit.

Finally, use food to make your table beautiful and eye-popping. Garnishes such as sage, rosemary, cranberries, oranges, lemons, pomegranates, and grapes to name a few are not only readily available but affordable. 

Final Thoughts

Pulling off a perfect Thanksgiving does not have to be difficult. The key is in simplifying the difficult tasks, such as putting together a basic but delicious menu, which can be enhanced with Auntie Nono’s . Do your shopping early to avoid big crowds, and use basic and affordable decorations to make the occasion one to remember.