Thanksgiving is much more enjoyable once the meal is fully prepared. Getting to that point, however, is easier said than done. Your turn to host Thanksgiving can feel like a nightmare rather than a gratitude-filled affair. But all of that’s about to change with one tip that will make prepping for your Thanksgiving feast so much more manageable.
We’ll let you in on a little secret: You don’t have to make all of the food yourself! Whether you have the ingredients to create a delicious Thanksgiving meal delivered right to your door or even just schedule to pick up a ham or a turkey, eliminating the amount of steps it takes you to get from grocery store to fully prepared meal is the key to making your life much easier on the big day.
These are a few ways you can skip some steps and still serve a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. And if you’ve already started the process of preparing a meal from scratch—do keep these in mind for next year!
1. Blue Apron
This subscription-based service won’t let you down on Thanksgiving. From fall veggies to the ingredients for the perfect cranberry sauce, your Blue Apron subscription definitely doesn’t have to fall by the wayside during the holidays. In fact, if you play your cards right, it could be the key to cooking up something amazing. All of the ingredients you will need to create a terrific meal are delivered right to your door, so you’ll still get to have some fun in the kitchen—but your days of list-making and visiting crowded grocery stores will be long gone, thanks to your subscription. It’s a little too late to have a Blue Apron meal by Thanksgiving 2017, but there’s always next year!
The kitchenware company will help you get your feast underway! Nov. 21 is the last day you can order in order to have your meal items delivered by Thanksgiving. It’s too late to sign up for a turkey, but you can still have stuffing, vegetable sides, desserts and more delivered right to your door. It will cost you $29.95 to $79.95 per item, depending on what you order, but it’ll be well worth it. Head over to the Williams-Sonoma website to place your orders.
3. Bob Evans
Bob Evans locations are making it easy to serve a crowd this holiday season. You can order an entire Thanksgiving feast—right down to the gravy—from a Bob Evans location near you. Call it in, order it online or come in to place your order. Then swing by when it’s ready for pickup! Who knew Thanksgiving could be so simple? Orders range in price from $49.99 to $109.99 and must be placed by Nov. 22 to be ready in time.
4. Whole Foods
Stopping by your local Whole Foods can lead to the perfect hassle-free Thanksgiving meal. The store is allowing you to pick up Thanksgiving fixings at locations all across the country. They’re offering everything from just the turkey to full meals complete with desserts and even vegan options. Be sure to check out what a location near you still has in stock and consider your Thanksgiving complete.
5. HoneyBaked Ham
If your family enjoys ham for Thanksgiving dinner instead of the traditional turkey, HoneyBaked Ham can make this Thursday a breeze. From ordering just a ham to an entire meal, the company has got you covered. You can go into a store or have items delivered right to your door. Prices range from $16.95 to $109.95 per item. Place your orders here!
OK, so maybe you’ve got the ultimate feast under control. But what about the ultimate dessert? That’s where this pie and cake layered concoction comes in. You can order the PieCaken and have it delivered nationwide now through Dec. 28, so get your fill while you can!
Remember, no one has to know that you got your Thanksgiving meal delivered!
Happy eating, everyone!