Ways to Make Your Thanksgiving Less Stressful

Get tips on stress-free holiday planning from Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Thanksgiving is a joyous occasion, a day to stop and give thanks as you enjoy wonderful food with family and friends. But Thanksgiving can also be a stressful day, whether you’re hosting dinner, taking care of overnight guests or traveling out of town.

Fortunately, Ruth’s Chris Steak House has a few ideas on how to make your Thanksgiving less stressful and more joyful. Read our tips below on how to ease the stress of Thanksgiving Day.

Leave the Cooking to Ruth’s Chris

Ruth’s Chris Steak House will be open on Thanksgiving Day*, and we will be serving both our award-winning dinner menu as well as a traditional turkey feast at all participating restaurants. So, make your reservation today and spend Thanksgiving Day eating, drinking and enjoying time with your family and friends. We’ll take care of the meal and even do the dishes afterward.

Outsource the Side Dishes

For many people, home is the place they want to eat Thanksgiving Day dinner, and participating Ruth’s Chris restaurants have a solution for those individuals as well: Sides to Go! You make the turkey and desserts, and we can take care of those time-consuming side dishes, leaving you with extra time to spend with loved ones or even watch a little football.

Sides to Go include:

  • Creamed Spinach – a Ruth’s Chris classic!
  • Sweet Potato Casserole with a Crunchy Pecan Brown Sugar Crust
  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes with a Hint of Roasted Garlic

Each side dish can serve up to 12 people.

Sides to Go are available for pick-up November 15th-21st at participating Ruth’s Chris Steak House restaurants. Simply place your order for one of the above mentioned side dishes at least 48 hours in advance of your desired pickup date, and you’ll have delicious sides your guests will love to eat on Thanksgiving Day.

Keep it Simple

Another way to make Thanksgiving Day less stressful is to just keep things as simple as possible. Thanksgiving is not the time to try out new or complicated recipes or to try to put too many dishes on the table. Keeping the fare simple and traditional will surely please your family and friends. Thanksgiving is definitely about the food on the table, but it is also about making memories. When you keep it simple, you can have both!

Delegate Different Tasks

If you are the one hosting your friends and family for Thanksgiving dinner this year, remember that good hosts can’t do it all! The best hosts know how to delegate tasks and how to identify the best people for each job. Your aunt or sister loves to bake? Great! She can make dessert. Your dad loves to grill? Ask him to fry the turkey this year. Your family and friends will love making a special contribution to the Thanksgiving meal — and you will feel less stressed with some of the preparations taken off your shoulders.

Plan Ahead

Why leave all the cooking and decorating to Thanksgiving Day? There are many tasks that can be completed ahead of time, allowing you more time to enjoy the actual holiday.

Here are just a few suggestions on things you can do and make before Thanksgiving Day:

  • Plan out a seating chart so there’s no squabbling on Thanksgiving Day. You can even ask others in the family to help by creating place cards.
  • Set the dining room table.
  • Choose wines to serve with the meal.
  • Make and freeze pies or other dessert items.
  • Defrost the turkey and prep it for roasting or frying.
  • Make and freeze cranberry sauce for the turkey.

Get a jump on things a day or two before the big feast so you can truly enjoy Thanksgiving.

Have a Stress-Free Holiday With Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Book your Thanksgiving meal* at a participating Ruth’s Chris Steak House online today or order some of our delicious Sides to Go to simplify your Thanksgiving preparations. We look forward to helping you make your Thanksgiving Day a stress-free success!

Happy Thanksgiving!

*Participating restaurants only.