How to Plan For Thanksgiving The Easy Way

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday to spend eating delicious food with your family and giving thanks. However, it can be a really stressful time if you are hosting. The following is a guideline for how to plan for Thanksgiving.

Two weeks before:

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  1. Plan a menu. Pick your favorite dishes and also things you know your guests will like too.
  2. Decide on what kind of turkey you will serve. If it will be fresh, order it.

One week before:

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  1. Get organized. This will mean writing a lot of lists. Make a grocery list land arrange the ingredients by the location where you will get them. If you are shopping different stores you will definitely want a list for each store before you go out.
  2. Plan how you will set the table. Wash napkins and the tablecloths.
  3. Clean out the pantry and fridge to make room.
  4. Clean and decorate.
  5. Make a cooking plan, of which dishes need to be in the oven first and what temperature.

The Monday Before:

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  1. Purchase everything that is non perishable.
  2. Defrost the turkey.
  3. Set the table and arrange the centerpiece. Plane candles in their holders.
  4. Make sure your wine glasses are clean.

The Tuesday Before:

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  1. Make pie dough.
  2. Make cranberry sauce.
  3. Cut bread for stuffing.

How to Plan for Thanksgiving: The Wednesday Before:

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  1. Chop the vegetables. Place in bowls, cover and refrigerate.
  2. Finish pies.
  3. Peel potatoes and store in water in fridge.
  4. Prep appetizers.
  5. If you ordered a fresh turkey, pick it up.
  6. Shop for any remaining groceries, such as salad greens, bread, or seafood.
  7. Prepare anything you can make ahead of time.

Thanksgiving Day:

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  1. Remove turkey from fridge so it has time to come to room temperature.
  2. Make stuffing.
  3. Reheat cranberry sauce.
  4. Make the mashed potatoes.
  5. Make the appetizers.
  6. Chill wine and cocktails.
  7. Have an amazing Thanksgiving.

With these steps you will be less overwhelmed and have a strategy in place. Thanksgiving should be a fun time with family and not a stressful event.