As soon as the candy bowls for Halloween are being filled, it’s not too soon to begin planning for your Thanksgiving Day. Whether you are having family and friends coming in from out of town or just the usual crew, Thanksgiving can be an overwhelming event. But with just a little bit of planning, week-by-week, you can reduce the stress and hopefully enjoy the meal along with everyone else.
One Month Prior
1. Invite Your Guests – This may seem like a no-brainer, but getting your guest list settled early will help everything else easily fall in line. Think about how many people you can accommodate at your table for a sit-down dinner or keep things more casual and invite more guests if you’re serving buffet style. Determine any special food needs for your guests and plan accordingly. There’s no need for formal invitations; a phone call or email to friends and family is sufficient.
2. Plan Your Menu – Since you will be personally calling your family and friends with the invite, you will have the perfect occasion to ask Cousin Helen to make her famous Sweet Potato Pie. And having your menu already in mind you will be able to answer that age old question – “what can I bring?”. The best answer is always a side dish or a dessert. Have them make and bring a classic dish and this will free you up to try that new recipe you’ve had your eye on. Just don’t forget to figure in drinks when putting that menu together.