Forget the kids’ table! Rather than shooing the shorties away, intersperse the grownups with the children so relatives can break bread with the kids they haven’t seen in a while.
Take some shortcuts. Why should the host have to slave away in the kitchen all day? Get the stuffing and sides for easy preparation at a HoneyBaked Ham store (you don’t even have to tell anyone…).
Go for an even bigger shortcut and take the crew out downtown this year: no stress and no mess. For those feeling fancy, try The Lockwood at the Palmer Hilton or NoMi at the Park Hyatt. For a casual yet tasty feast, Harry Caray’s is a laid-back favorite.