T-Minus One Week until Turkey Day! Are You Ready?

Happy Thanksgiving!Thanksgiving is only a week away. If you’re hosting your family and friends for the big meal, you may be going a little crazy keeping track of the details. Don’t let Thanksgiving prep stress you out. Here are the highlights from PBS Food’s Thanksgiving Prep checklist to keep you on track this week.

Thanksgiving Prep: Do Now

There are several tasks you can do seven days prior to Thanksgiving so your sanity remains intact before the big day.

  • Order your flowers or other décor for your centerpiece and schedule delivery for Wednesday to take that errand off your plate.
  • Review or put together your menu and get your game plan ready for Thanksgiving with this cheat sheet.
  • Pick out the wine you’ll serve at dinner and dessert, including red, white, and sweet options.
  • Plan your seating arrangements, especially if you’re seating people at multiple tables and you’re worried about family politics taking over the dinner conversation.
  • Put together kids’ activities to keep the little gobblers out of your hair on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Prep: Do This Weekend

Take advantage of the weekend to put yourself in a good position for a stress-free Thanksgiving. Here’s your to-do list for the weekend.

  • Get your grocery list ready and plan your shopping trip to avoid grocery store crowds.
  • Prepare any dishes that can be frozen and reheated to cut down on the prep you do on Turkey Day, including many baked goods and side dishes.
  • Iron the linens and polish the silver in front of a movie Friday or Saturday night.
  • Defrost the turkey, which needs to thaw one day per four pounds of bird.

Thanksgiving Prep: Do the Week Of

If you’ve taken care of these to-do lists, you’ll be in good shape for Turkey Day. In the few days before Thursday, clean and decorate your home, confirm your guests, and execute your menu game plan. On the big day, you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy your guests (and some football!).

Hoping to add some healthy options to your Thanksgiving or holiday table? I’d love to share some wonderfully delicious ideas with you. Contact me!

Here’s to breathing easy and living life to the fullest!

Gene Wood, Life’s Pure Balance

8 Creative Ways to Thank Your Clients This Holiday Season

10204895_sAs you’re giving thanks for your family and friends this holiday season, don’t forget to throw your clients into the mix, too. Go beyond a phone call or a handshake with one of these creative thank you ideas.

  1. Host a thank you event

Get your gratitude out in one fell swoop by hosting an event for all your clients. Treat your clients to a lunch or dinner, an open bar happy hour, or a family-fun event like an indoor carnival or picnic. Make sure to thank your clients at the event individually or in a heart-felt toast. Send them away with a great favor.

  1. Send a shout-out

If you’re active online, send a personalized shout-out to your clients on social media or your website. Use specifics to tell your followers why you’re thankful. You can also feature a client in your newsletter. Shout-outs are especially effective if you are in a business-to-business industry because you can link to your client’s own website and social media pages.

  1. Give a book

Is there a book you read when you were starting your business that made an impact on your success? Or, perhaps there’s one that is meaningful to your mission, values, or industry. Share the book with your clients as a thank you for doing business. Autograph the book yourself with a personalized message about why it’s important to you and why you’re thankful for your client’s business.

  1. Send treats

Cookies, popcorn, candy, and edible fruit arrangements are welcome thank you gifts any time of year, but especially during the holidays when your clients can share them with family and friends. Try to choose treats that are meaningful to either you or your business. Send chocolate chip cookies if they’ve always been your favorite or popcorn if you’re a video production company.

  1. Write a note

A handwritten thank you note is very traditional, but in this digital age, also quite unexpected. Take a moment to compose a quick, handwritten note to your client and send it through snail mail. It may take a day or two to reach your client, but it will make an immediate impact.

  1. Give a donation

What do you get the client who has everything? Nothing at all! Instead, give a donation in their name to a charity that is meaningful to you (or them!). You can even make it part of your onboarding process: ask new clients what their favorite charity is when they start working with you, and then wow them at the end with a donation to that group.

  1. Record and share a video

Suffer from chronic writer’s block? Don’t let that stop you from thanking your clients. Record a video thanking them instead and post it to your website and YouTube. Describe how much working with your client means to you.

  1. Give a gift (card)

Reward your clients for doing business with you with a gift card. Reach out to your referral partners and other businesses you know, like, and trust to stockpile gift cards you can send as a thank you. Remember to include a short note, too.

Thank your clients in a creative, meaningful way this holiday season. For more creative thank you gift ideas, contact me today.

Here’s to breathing easy and living life to the fullest!

Gene Wood, Life’s Pure Balance