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Ask the Swag Gal – November 16, 2011

Posted by on Wed, November 16th, 2011 at 7:00 am

Today’s question comes from a Swaggernaut looking for tips for a successful Thanksgiving:

“Next week I’m going to be having Thanksgiving at my house for the first time and I’m a bit nervous.  Can you give me some advice on how to make this go smoothly?  I get so stressed out when I’m just trying to get dinner on the table with everything still hot and yummy, and now I agreed to do what feels like the most important dinner of the year, Thanksgiving?!  What was I thinking?  Help!”

Hosting a dinner at your house can be very stressful, not to mention a Thanksgiving dinner.  There’s a lot of pressure that comes with hosting Thanksgiving, because everyone has been prepping for the holiday and holding their expectations high for all of the yummy food.  But, just thinking about the meaning of this holiday can help take the load off.  This day is all about giving thanks and being thankful for the people and things in your life.  It’s not about having a perfectly prepared meal or a spotless home, and it’s important to keep reminding yourself of this so as to not get overwhelmed.  Here are some tips I have devised to help have a relaxing and successful Thanksgiving.

  • Cook ahead of time – Cooking ahead of time will allow you to focus on other responsibilities.  Once you have the meal done, it’s one less thing you need to worry about.  So spend Tuesday or Wednesday cooking up your dishes, and just reheat it for the feast
  • Get Help – Have a close family member or friend come early in the day to help you set up.  This takes some of the pressure off of you, and will make your preparation more enjoyable.
  • Clear the Fridge – With a Thanksgiving feast comes a lot of leftovers.  Clear out your fridge ahead of time so that you won’t have to go through the hassle after your completely stuffed from the big meal, and you’ll have enough room to easily slide in the leftover mashed potatoes and green bean casserole.
  • Kids Craft Area – Set up a little table with chairs with paper, crayons, markers, and stickers to keep this kids occupied.  You may also want to throw on “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” in the den so the kids are entertained, allowing you more time to focus on the day’s tasks.
  • Keep the Conversation Neutral – Because this holiday is one in which to give thanks and show your appreciation, try your best not to delve into controversial or touchy topics of conversation.  Save the politics and religion for a later date, and just focus on enjoying each other’s company.
  • Seating Cards – Thanksgiving dinner typically involves a house full of guests.  To avoid any confusion or argument when it comes to seating, print out little place cards and set them around the table so that everyone has a designated spot.
  • Know What’s On the Menu – Talk to your guests a few days before Thursday to find out if they are planning on bringing a side dish, and if so, what they’re bringing.  This will help you figure out what you need to cook and what you don’t, as well as ensure that there are no duplicate dishes and that nothing is being left out.

I hope these tips help you run your first Thanksgiving smoothly.  To our fellow Swaggernauts, if you have any tips for hosting a Thanksgiving feast, leave them in the comments section of this post!


P.S. – Send your questions to  If your question is picked your answer will be featured in the blog and you’ll be hooked up with 150 Swag Bucks!

Kids on Turkey Day

Posted by on Tue, November 15th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving is just a week away, and although I’m sure we’re getting excited for all of the good food and great company, are the kids getting excited?  Besides having a day off from school, there’s not generally too much excitement involved in Thanksgiving for the little ones.  But, don’t give up hope!  Daddy Pilgrim and […]

Food, Glorious Food!

Posted by on Thu, November 10th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Because we’ve officially entered the season of giving, I encourage you all to open your hearts and give to those who truly need us this season.  We typically think of America as the land of plenty, but for 1 in 6 Americans, it’s a land of hunger.  This month we’ve chosen to focus on the […]

There was a farmer, had a dog…

Posted by on Fri, November 4th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away – it’s almost time to start cooking!  Because we know that everyone will need to stock up on their kitchen necessities before the big feast, we’re qualifying every item in the Kitchen Essentials section of the Swag Store as a SWAGO piece!  For those of you who […]

Golden Thanks

Posted by on Thu, November 3rd, 2011 at 11:00 am

Well, folks, it’s that time again – we’re introducing this month’s Golden Ticket item!  Since this month is all about giving thanks – you know, with Thanksgiving just around the corner – we’re giving you the opportunity to find a Golden Ticket by snagging any of the Thank You cards available in the Swag Store. […]

Columbus Thanksgiving

Posted by on Mon, October 10th, 2011 at 10:00 am

Today is a very festive day.  We are honoring two holidays – Columbus Day and Canadian Thanksgiving. Columbus Day recognizes the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas, which occurred on October 12, 1492.  It is observed throughout the country every year on the second Monday in October.  Coincidentally, Canada’s Thanksgiving also occurs on the second […]

Twitter Tuesday Phrase That Pays: November 24th, 2010

Posted by on Wed, November 24th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

TSG was thrilled to see so many grateful people in the Swag Nation. What’s crazy about this week is the number of finalist from the Sunshine State – must be something in the oranges over there… Here are the winners of the TTPTP – great work by ALL who entered: “#TTPTP TSG,I am thankful for […]

TSGal Presents: Thanksgiving Shop&Earn

Posted by on Wed, November 24th, 2010 at 10:00 am

Recently we talked about how most of us will have to tighten up with our holiday spending this year, and even discussed a few ways to gift in non-monetary ways. It all got me thinking: giving is always a great feeling, but the real holiday bonds are built during the meals we share. If you […]

Music Monday: The Turkey Ran Away!

Posted by on Mon, November 22nd, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I think this is easily the most adorable Music Monday that we’ve ever had – how many of you sang this one when you were wee little Swaggernauts? TSG

Get 10% More From Special Offers This Week!

Posted by on Mon, November 22nd, 2010 at 12:40 pm

In order to give thanks for how great you Swaggernauts are we’ve got a 10% on all Special Offers this week – that means that if you complete an offer between today and Monday the 29th we’re tacking on an extra 10% – It’s a great way to some extra Swag Bucks for your holiday […]