It’s officially Thanksgiving season! With just three weeks until Thanksgiving, it’s time to get serious about planning and preparation. Today I’m sharing with you five of the things I’ll do this month to make my Thanksgiving day as stress-free as possible!
- Confirm The Guest List: I reach out to all my guests and confirm their attendance. At this point I also communicate what time we will be eating. I like for my guests to arrive at least 30 minutes before meal time so I can visit with them for a few minutes before “crunch time,” when all the last minute meal prep tasks have to be completed.
- Finalize My Menu: I save all the recipes to my Pinterest board for easy reference while shopping and cooking. Once I know exactly what I’m serving, I also make note of what I would like others to bring. Often guests will ask if they can bring something, and I’m always happy for their help!
- Practice My Table Setting: It helps me to gather all the linens, plates and glasses for a “trial run” of my table setting. I make sure I like how everything looks together and then snap a few pictures of the final product. This helps me to easily re-create the look when I set the table on Thanksgiving Day. You can definitely set the table several days ahead if you like! I also iron and hang all my linens so they will be fresh and ready to go when I set the table.
- Create The Thanksgiving Day Schedule: It takes a little bit of planning to have all that food hot and ready at the same time! I work backwards from the time I want everything ready and decide when to put each dish in the oven. To get an idea of what that looks like, click here to see my schedule from 2014.
- Designate and Label Serving Bowls: For some reason, this is such a helpful step in my planning process! The day before Thanksgiving, I decide what bowls I want to use for serving each thing on my menu. I set them out on the counter and put a post-it note on each dish so I don’t have to think about what goes where during that last minute “crunch time.”
I hope these tips are helpful for you and that your Thanksgiving Day will be stress-free with plenty of good food and sweet time with your family and friends!