Ah, Thanksgiving. Some years you want to do the whole thing yourself, from the shopping to the peeling to the brining…and some years you just. don’t. Whether you want a little help getting the best ingredients and recipes guaranteed to work, or you really want to phone it in (i.e. let someone else do all the cooking and the clean up) this is a judgement free-zone, and we’ve got suggestions! Click through to see our ideas on how to make this turkey day a little easier — and enjoyable! — for the whole family.

To Eat Afloat, with a View: Sprit Cruises or Bateaux New York

Take to the seas (or at least the river) on a boat this Thanksgiving. Both Spirit Cruises and its sister company Bateaux New York are offering Thanksgiving afternoon voyages. Spirit's will feature a classic Thanksgiving menu with a few main course offerings and extras like mac and cheese; Bateaux, the tonier of the two fleets (its boats are outfitted with glass ceilings) will serve a more refined menu of roasted breast of free range turkey, zucchini cakes and more, and provide a DJ for dancing. Both excursions board at 1:30 p.m., with cruise from 2 - 4 p.m.

Spirit Cruises
Thanksgiving Lunch Cruise
Tickets: $59.50/adult; $35.95/ kids 3 -12 years old
1-866-483-3866
Online: spiritcruises.com

Bateaux New York
Tickets: $74.90/adults; $44.95/kids 3 - 12 years old
1-866-817-3463
Online: bateauxnewyork.om

photo: via Bateaux New York Facebook page

How are you getting help with Thanksgiving this year? Tell us in the comments below!

—Mimi O’Connor