Planning your Thanksgiving Day doesn’t have to be a Big Deal. Well, okay, it is a big deal, but it doesn’t have to destroy us, destroy our home, and possible destroy our relationships. Because, let’s face it, big holidays like Thanksgiving can be quite stressful.
We can often put enormous expectations on these holidays. But remember June Cleaver was TV fiction. There was a whole crew behind the scenes making sure that those family dinners went off without a hitch. Oh, to be so lucky!
But never fear, you will survive. And with a bit of planning you may even enjoy it.
So that’s recap:
One Month Prior:
1. Invite Your Guests
2. Plan Your Menu
Three Weeks Prior
1. Get Your Gear Ready – Decide which china, glassware, and table linens you’ll use. If tablecloths and napkins need to be cleaned or ironed, do it now. With plenty of time to hit the stores, now is the time to shop for tools you’ll need for the big day. Think about what you needed last year that you didn’t have or upgrade some of your current tools to help ease the cooking process. Once table settings have been decided, order a floral centerpiece or make plans to create your own.
2. Create a Shopping List – Make a shopping list of perishables and non-perishables. Don’t forget to include film, batteries, and beverages. Now go through each recipe, creating a list of all the ingredients you’ll need and compare it against the pantry items you already have on hand. Finalize the list so you can order hard-to-find ingredients online.
3. If guests are bringing a dish, be sure to keep them in the loop about the numbers of guests you are expecting.
There, now that wasn’t so bad was it?