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Hosting Thanksgiving Sucks—Here's How To Make It Suck Just a *Little* Less

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‘Tis the season of getting totally pressured into hosting Thanksgiving at your house *again* this year. And, regardless if this is your first rodeo or not, hosting a family holiday can legit be one of the most anxiety inducing events of the year. Not only are you supposed to make, like, 15 hot dishes with a single oven (I still don’t understand how people get shit on the table at the same time), but you’re also balancing multiple personalities in the family that don’t always get along—and that’s putting it lightly.

Personally, I got pretty tired of all the hoops I had to jump through to make the evening go smoothly. And, let’s be real, it’s not just an evening—it’s an entire 24 hour ordeal. So, over the years I’ve found a trick or two that le’s me continue the facade of being the millennial Martha Stewart while actually having a handle on all the pots that are about to boil over. Fake it til you make it, right? If you’re like me and hosting for the 3rd time this year, here are some tips and ideas to get you through.

Stop washing so many pots and pans, and start using recyclable ones

Propack Aluminum Disposable Pots with Lids

Stock up on disposable food containers so you can send people home with food without saying goodbye to your good tupperware

Enther Meal Prep Containers

Grab a warming tray to keep things edible—your oven is already doing enough work

Chefman Compact Glasstop Warming Tray

Have a craft handy to keep the kid’s table occupied so you can actually eat

FaCraft Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Get your fam doing a fun activity, like pickle ball, so there’s no room to talk about politics or the status of your love life

Amicoson Pickleball

Instead of worrying about a fancy centerpiece, keep these mini vases and your Halloween pumpkins around to throw together last minute

PURVONNIE Vintage Small Glass Vases

Never underestimate the ambiance of candle light (but, like, flameless because there are too many people around that would knock it over)

antizer Flameless Candles Led Candles

Invest in a beverage dispenser so you don’t have to collect 5498 cans/bottles at the end of the night

Style Setter Beverage Dispenser w/Stand

Your pet is so cute. Having guests collect their fur? Not so much

Chom Chom Roller Pet Hair Remover and Reusable Lint Roller

You just hosted dinner! You shouldn’t have to clean up after too

iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum
 $159 (was $274)

Grab a fresh PJ set—you deserve to be comfy AF at the end of the night

Avidlove Women Pajamas Set
 $27.44 (was $45.99)

Abbey Westlin
Abbey Westlin
Abbey Westlin is a self-proclaimed iced coffee enthusiast, practitioner of beauty, and fashion connoisseur. By day, she makes a living by creating Fashion and Lifestyle content for Betches Media. By night, she enjoys cooking intricate meals, sipping a glass (or four) of rosé, and keeping up with the news. Follow her on Instagram @abbey_westlin.