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:
- Plan a menu. Pick your favorite dishes and also things you know your guests will like too.
- Decide on what kind of turkey you will serve. If it will be fresh, order it.
One week before:
- 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.
- Plan how you will set the table. Wash napkins and the tablecloths.
- Clean out the pantry and fridge to make room.
- Clean and decorate.
- Make a cooking plan, of which dishes need to be in the oven first and what temperature.
The Monday Before:
- Purchase everything that is non perishable.
- Defrost the turkey.
- Set the table and arrange the centerpiece. Plane candles in their holders.
- Make sure your wine glasses are clean.
The Tuesday Before:
- Make pie dough.
- Make cranberry sauce.
- Cut bread for stuffing.
How to Plan for Thanksgiving: The Wednesday Before:
- Chop the vegetables. Place in bowls, cover and refrigerate.
- Finish pies.
- Peel potatoes and store in water in fridge.
- Prep appetizers.
- If you ordered a fresh turkey, pick it up.
- Shop for any remaining groceries, such as salad greens, bread, or seafood.
- Prepare anything you can make ahead of time.
- Remove turkey from fridge so it has time to come to room temperature.
- Make stuffing.
- Reheat cranberry sauce.
- Make the mashed potatoes.
- Make the appetizers.
- Chill wine and cocktails.
- 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.