Thank you to Ocean Spray for sponsoring this blog post.
I cannot believe the holidays are once again upon us. The kids are already giddy, drafting Christmas wish lists, while I’m trying to sort out plans with family members for the holidays. Last week, I attended the second annual Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog event, held in the heart of Rockefeller Center® which helped juice up my holiday spirit. Last year, I attended with Ryder, where we learned all about harvesting cranberries while climbing into the bog, waders and all. Ryder still talks about it, so he was a little bummed that he couldn’t make it this year.
It was such a cool experience that I was psyched to do it again this year. Hosting any holiday, especially Thanksgiving, can be a super stressful undertaking, with so much to organize and prepare, first timers may become overwhelmed. I’ve only hosted one Thanksgiving for my family, and while I enjoyed preparing my recipes for everyone, it was a lot of work. I remember having lists all over my apartment, and sending Jason out to the store multiple times, to pick up something I had forgotten.
A few tips I’ve learned from the experts!
Start prepping and cooking two to three days before Thanksgiving.
If you have a lot of people to cook for, why not make it a potluck and have each person bring a dish, even if it is just an appetizer or dessert.
Prepare a signature cocktail for when your guests come in.
When decorating your tablescape, it can be fun to decorate with fruits, vegetables and flowers. And try to set your table the day before.
And most importantly, focus on your family because that it what matters the most!
After visiting each of one of Ocean Spray’s CranMa stations, all of the guests put on their waders, and sat in the middle of cranberry bog, where we enjoyed a full on Thanksgiving meal! It was such a neat experience, to be in that setting, sampling all of the CranMas’ recipes. I can’t wait to share with you all. Stay tuned!
*originally published Nov. 15, 2017