Save time on your holiday prep and plans with these simple shortcuts


Save time on your holiday prep and plans with these simple shortcuts

By REBEKAH JONES

The holiday season is notorious for creating a whole lot of stress. Although it is a time of happiness and cheer, that often gets clouded by holiday parties and family gatherings that require a lot of planning, hard work and often times, money.

This year, try things a little differently. We’ve come up with a few shortcuts that will make your holiday planning season a whole lot easier (and faster.)

1. Create simple décor at home. Stringing popcorn garland is simple and something you can do with the whole family. It is a classic decoration that never goes out of style. Spray painting old ornaments is another easy way to quickly spruce up your holiday décor. Take old ornaments that are worn or out of style and choose a few sleek spray paint colors, such as gold and white, and paint away! Lastly, the easiest décor is what you find right outside your backdoor. Use twigs, pinecones, spruce and greenery to add to your table centerpieces, homemade wreaths or fall flower arrangements.

2. Prep meals in advance and freeze or cater. Prepping meals saves time and gives you the chance to relax a little more with the family on the day of your party or dinner. To save even more time, we recommend catering.

Another option might be having every dish you’d ever want to enjoy catered in, whether it be a small family gathering or large event. A few of your local favorite spots — Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant, Homestead Manor, Scout’s Pub and Deacon’s New South all offer flexible options to have some of your favorite meals at home.

Making more memories with your family is the hope of these local restaurants, which is why their motto is, “Let us do the cooking for you.” How would you like to put together a puzzle with your family or catch-up on some naps and football instead of spending hours over the stove cooking and cleaning? You can cater with any of these A. Marshall Family Foods restaurants by calling their number and placing your order. It quick and easy.

Having a hard time deciding on what to get? Some of their most popular dishes catered for the holidays are their turkeys, dressing and mashed potatoes (and don’t forget the cobbler!).

If you don’t feel like opening up your home for the day, let one of these restaurants play “host” for your family. They’re open on Thanksgiving Day, with exception of Homestead Manor. The whole family can come in and have a home cooked meal.

3. Pull out all of your candles. Candles will bring a warm and festive atmosphere to your home the second you light them. Make sure to use scents that reflect the time of year: pinecones, cookies, evergreens or peppermint.

4. Do your gift shopping early. Contrary to popular belief, gift cards are still the perfect present during the holidays. Knock out all the names on your list in one swoop and take advantage of the holiday gift card sale at at all A. Marshall Family Foods restaurants. The sale will last November 24 through January 1. If you’re in a pinch, one of these is the perfect route to take.

  • Buy $50, get an additional $10
  • Buy $100, get an additional $25
  • Buy $500, get an additional $150
  • Buy $1,000, get an additional $400

To make your holiday plans flawless and support locally-owned business, check out these holiday hours and specials below:

Puckett’s Boat House

Buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$29.99 adults | $14.99 kids (12 and under)

Accepting reservations for seating at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Puckett’s Franklin

Buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$24.99 adults | $12.99 kids

Accepting reservations for seating at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Puckett’s Nashville

Buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$29.99 adults | $14.99 kids

Puckett’s Columbia

Buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$24.99 adults | $12.99 kids

Puckett’s Murfreesboro

Buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$24.99 adults | $12.99 kids (12 and under)

Accepting reservations and walk-ins

Puckett’s Chattanooga

Buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

$28.99 adults | $13.99 kids (12 and under)

Homestead Manor

Closed

Scout’s Pub

Prix Fixe Menu
$37.99 adults | offering regular kids’ menu

Accepting reservations for seating at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

For more information on all of the A. Marshall Family Foods, Inc. restaurants, visit their website.

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