Thanksgiving Host Tips and a Timeline Checklist
Recipe type: Miscellaneous
Two-Three Weeks Before:
  1. Invite your guests and get a rough estimate of who will be attending
  2. Make a menu plan
One Week Before:
  1. Finalize menu
  2. Clean out your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer
  3. Buy all nonperishable groceries and everything else you might need, such as aluminum foil, plastic wrap, digital thermometer, a roasting pan, etc.
  4. Plan your seating
  5. Make/prep food that can be frozen
Three - Four Days Before:
  1. Deep clean the house
  2. Buy/thaw the turkey
Two Days Before:
  1. Make a quick trip to the store for perishables and anything else you forgot
  2. Make dessert
  3. Meal prep ingredients
  4. Prep dinnerware and serving dishes
One Day Before:
  1. Tidy up the house and vacuum, dust, wash floors
  2. Set the table, decorate
  3. Prep clothing for the family
  4. Brine or salt the turkey
  5. Finish dessert
  6. Prep drinks
  7. Prep your side dishes/take out food from freezer to thaw overnight
Thanksgiving Day:
When you wake up and after eating a simple breakfast:
  1. Take the turkey out of the refrigerator
  2. If you have children, give them something clean and time-consuming to do
  3. Get yourself ready
  4. Check your decor and table setting one last time, if needed
Two-Three Hours Before Dinner:
  1. Put the turkey in the oven
  2. Drinks
  3. Start reheating things that you made in advance
  4. Give something to do to the guests who are early
One Hour Before Dinner:
  1. Make the mashed potatoes or rice
  2. When the turkey comes out of the oven, set it aside to rest, make the gravy and put the stuffing into the oven
  3. Make salads and wash/cut fruit and vegetables.
  4. Warm up rolls or biscuits, if you are serving them.
  5. Finish with all the little touches, put all the food on the table
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your family, friends and all the good food.
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