It’s the week before Thanksgiving and there’s much to do! Pies to bake, turkey to baste and a table to set are just a few of your responsibilities this week. Setting up a list of lists will make your next week run smoothly. That’s what lists do: get ideas out of your head, get stuff done, help you have more fun and help you stay in the moment with your guest that day. Here are the lists that you need the week before Thanksgiving. These To Do lists will not only help you stay on track, these will also help you have your most organized Thanksgiving!
Finalize your guest list
Who will you be sitting with during your holiday feast? It’s time to finalize your guest list and connect with all your guests. Your guests may request to bring items for your meal so have a list prepared just in case they would like to bring a dish.
Gather your gear
Do you need extra linens or will you be eating on eco-friendly plates? Is this the year you will cook your turkey on the grill? Now is the time to purchase what’s needed for your feast. Set out your plates, silverware and other table scape items to be sure you are ready to set the table.
Create your shopping list
What’s needed for your feast and the week ahead? What breakfast, lunch and leftovers do you have planned for feeding your guests? Are your guests vegan, gluten free or vegetarian? Nows the time to check special dietary requests. Checking your list early means you can check on sales at various shops and save money.
Beverages and bar options
Even before your big meal, will you be serving special beverages? Research festive holiday drinks and kiddo drinks for your meal. Be ready with a family friendly punch or adult cocktail station set up before the meal begins.
Create a cooking plan
In order to have all your dishes ready at the same time, write a list of when you will prepare, cook and bake your holiday dishes. Review your recipes to be organized about when to start cooking. Assign cooking responsibilities to friends and family who arrive early that day.
Purchase your turkey
Turkeys come in fresh and frozen, big and little. Be ready for your feast by purchasing your turkey ahead of time and holding it in the coldest part of your refrigerator. Turkey tips are available to be sure your bird is delicious.
Thanksgiving Day List
You got this! Stick to your list of lists and you will enjoy your day. It’s time to put your friends and family in the mix to share the fun in cooking and preparing.
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