I know its early but I just saw a similar post on Thanksgiving dinner disasters & how not to have complete nervous breakdown. Have you ever had a train wreck of a dinner? Nightmare guests? Day from hell?
I tend to have a mini trial run a couple of weeks before. I prep the veg, stuffing & anything I can crimbo eve (after Ive been elbow deep in mince pie & sausage roll making). Stick to what you know & what works for you, dont try to be too experimental on the big day. Once our waffles, pancakes & croissants are done with & the kids have done their pressys I pour myself a port & brandy & crack on. I never stick to a time, its done when its done (you cant rush perfection lol). If you need a hand, ask. No one minds helping whether its amusing the kids, pouring a few drinks or mashing some swede up. Divert nightmare guests out of the kitchen. And most of all, dont panic!!! It is after all, in its most basic form, only a roast dinner. No one is as bothered as you are (unless you have a critisizing mother in law in which case palm her off with the nightmare guest. If she is the nightmare guest, revert to afore mentioned tactic & divert!).
Im sure you all do this anyway, but any other tips & tricks???