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Tips To Make Thanksgiving Entertaining a Breeze

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Tips To Make Thanksgiving Entertaining a Breeze

We all love Thanksgiving, spending time with family and loved ones, eating till our bellies are full and simply creating great new memories. But as much as we love the holiday, it can be stressful especially if it’s your turn to host. From making a list to preparing for picky-eaters to making sure you leave enough time to defrost the turkey…here are some stress-free holiday tips that will allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy the day.

Plan Ahead

A few days before the big day, make sure you have everything you need from ingredients to utensils and all the other often missed necessities like paper goods, beverages and ice so you don’t have to make a mad dash to the grocery store.

Start Defrosting That Bird- NOW!

Don’t stress about that turkey. If it’s frozen, you may need to let it defrost for a couple of days so it’s ready to go. The earlier you leave that bird out the better, so even consider leaving it in the fridge to slowly defrost the week prior.

Have Guests Help Themselves

Serving buffet style is a great way to not have to deal with picky eaters or those with allergies. Setting up a buffet and drink station will free you up to mingle with guests and allow you to enjoy yourself too, at least until it’s time to clear.

Deal With Picky Eaters

These days, everyone seems to have some sort of dietary restriction, but don’t stress out about leaving anyone out. Ask your invited guests well in advance if they have any requests so you can make sure there is something for everyone on the menu.

Prepare For Little Ones

It’s great to have the whole family together, but having little ones at the “adult” table can sometimes be stressful. Be prepared with kid-friendly activities like a paper placemat and crayons to keep them entertained and have toys and games available throughout the evening to entertain them.

Overall, Thanksgiving Day is a time to enjoy and spend with family. So don’t stress if the turkey is a bit dry or your pumpkin pie too moist. Live in the moment and enjoy it.

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About Allison James

Allison James has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

Enjoying Thanksgiving Weekend in Calgary

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Enjoying Thanksgiving Weekend in Calgary

Although we already had a quick preview of winter in Calgary, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time in the city. It’s the perfect opportunity to relax over the long weekend, enjoy a home-cooked dinner with your family, and enjoy the outdoors before winter gets the best of us. Need some fun family activities to keep the kids busy? There are several great events happening in and around Calgary during the Thanksgiving weekend.

The Delta Lodge at Kananaskis, located about an hour west of the city, is offering a special Thanksgiving package. This resort is the perfect weekend escape for a break from the city. During Thanksgiving weekend, they offer a range of family-friendly events including a dance, pumpkin carving and story time for the kids. The resort is surrounded by beautiful hiking trails that offer a mountain view that is second to none.

What could be more appropriate to celebrate the season than a visit to the Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm? This family-operated farm features a petting zoo, miniature golf, and a pumpkin patch. It has won the distinction of the 2014 Parents Choice Award for Best Family Attraction by the Calgary’s Child Magazine. The farm is home to the largest corn maze in Southern Alberta and each year they change the design. The farm closes for the year on October 19th, so make sure to stop by before the season ends.

Take a step back in time this Thanksgiving at Calgary’s Heritage Park. For the long weekend only, the Wainwright Hotel Dining Room will be offering a delicious three-course Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. Take a ride on the antique midway, and explore the Park on the nostalgic steam train. This park also closes for the season following the long weekend.

Whatever your plans, there is no shortage of fun ways to celebrate the season and enjoy the outdoors this Thanksgiving.

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

About Allison James

has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

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