Thanksgiving Checklist

November 16, 2016

Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year?  Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful.  Pull off a flawless feast by dividing your workload into manageable everyday tasks.  Save yourself time and energy by planning ahead and following our Thanksgiving checklist to get your home and kitchen in tip-top shape for the big meal.

THREE WEEKS BEFORE THANKSGIVING
 Make guest list and issue invitations
 Make menu
 Order floral centerpiece
 Make a seating chart
 Determine how many serving bowls and utensils are needed
 Order or make arrangements to borrow chairs, tables, serving ware, and place settings
 Clean out freezer to make room for Thanksgiving provisions
TWO WEEKS BEFORE THANKSGIVING
 Buy or order turkey (1½ lbs. per person)
 Make grocery lists (one for the week before and one for the day before)
 Purchase/make decorations and party favors
ONE WEEK BEFORE THANKSGIVING
 Purchase all non-perishables and disposable food storage containers
 Make and freeze pie crusts
 Clean!!
 Iron tablecloths and napkins
 Polish silverware
 Wash guest linens and set up guest room
 Move frozen turkey to refrigerator (4 days before Thanksgiving)
 Start making and storing ice cubes in gallon-size storage bags
 Clean out fridge to make room for food prep
TUESDAY
 Make cranberry sauce
 Cut and cube bread for stuffing
 Purchase all fresh ingredients
 Decorate
WEDNESDAY
 Pick up any last-minute items
 Pick up floral centerpiece
 Pick up turkey (if ordered fresh)
 Prepare the stuffing
 Make and bake the pies and cookies
 Make the giblet stock for the gravy
 Make green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole
 Peel potatoes and refrigerate in cold water
 Wash and dry salad greens and store in resealable plastic bag
 Set the table
 Set up beverage center
 Lay out serving dishes and utensils

THANKSGIVING DAY CHECKLIST
8 HOURS BEFORE DINNER
 Remove turkey from refrigerator
7 HOURS BEFORE DINNER
 Preheat the oven
 Stuff the turkey
 Put turkey in oven
 Set timer for 30 minutes to remember to baste turkey (continue to reset timer after each basting)
5 HOURS BEFORE DINNER
 Set out appetizers/lunch
 Refrigerate white wine and sparkling cider
 Run dishwasher
2 HOURS BEFORE DINNER
 Make mashed potatoes
 Clean out dishwasher
1 HOUR BEFORE DINNER
 Remove turkey from oven (once thigh temperature reaches 165 degrees)
 Remove stuffing from turkey and place in baking dish
 Heat stuffing, green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole in oven on low heat
 Prepare gravy
 Take out trash to make post-dinner clean up easier
HALF AN HOUR BEFORE DINNER
 Dress salad
 Remove cranberry sauce from refrigerator
 Carve turkey
 Bake rolls
DINNERTIME
 Make kids’ plates
 Move all serving dishes to the table
 Pour wine and sparkling cider
AFTER DINNER
 Clear table
 Designate a place for guests to retire to (e.g. TV room to watch game or sitting room to chat)
 Pack up leftovers
 Load dishwasher and run it
 Turn on coffee
 Place pies in oven to warm, serve when warm

Hopefully these tips and checklists will help your Thanksgiving party go smoothly so that you can enjoy the company of your friends and family without feeling burdened or overwhelmed.  Remember to give thanks for the wonderful people surrounding you today!

 

 




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