Hosting a Thanksgiving dinner this year? We know how daunting it can be! But as the saying goes, the secret to success is preparation and hard work! Here’s an ultimate 2-week guide to a stress-free Thanksgiving for you!

2 Weeks Before Thanksgiving

  • Have your guestlist in order.
  • Plan your menu.
  • Order Turkey.
  • Clean up the fridge. Make room for your frozen baked goods, and of course, your turkey.
  • Supply Inventory. Check if you have enough serving sets whether you are using disposables or china.
  • Test your cooking tools.
  • Make a shopping list. Include the Friday breakfast if you have guests staying overnight.

1 Week Before Thanksgiving

  • Start purchasing your non-perishables and drinks.
  • Start making freezable goods like rolls, breads, and piecrust.
  • If you’re using a frozen turkey, now is the best time to purchase it.

3 Days Before Thanksgiving

  • Defrost your turkey. A good rule to follow is to give every 5 lbs of turkey a 24 hour period to thaw. Keep in mind the safe food habits when doing this
  • If fresh, pick it up and prepare your cranberry dish or relish.
  • Shop for perishable Ingredients.
  • Clean Serving Dishes and Polish the silvers

1-2 Days Before Thanksgiving

  • Brine the turkey.
  • Bake apple and pecan pies.
  • Set the table.
  • Prep ingredients.

Thanksgiving Day

  • Defrost premade bread
  • Chill wine and beer
  • Prepare stuffing
  • Roast the turkey
  • Prepare the side dishes and the gravy.
  • Re-heat anything that needs to be warmed.
  • Put all the food on the table or buffet.
  • HAVE FUN!

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