Thanksgiving can be a cozy and festive holiday with lots of time for catching up with friends and relatives...if you're well prepared. Here's some of my Thanksgiving prep list. You can print it and check off as you go!
○ Order the fresh entrée (turkey, goose, duck, rack roast. etc) if you haven't already. Set the pickup date for Tuesday or Wednesday.
○ Check RSVP's. If you must have a definite head-count, make reminder calls.
○ If you've hired a greeter or someone to help prep the meal, give them a ring to make sure they are clear on any instructions they may need and attire for the day. Ensure they have your contact info in case anything goes awry.
Prepare the dining area:
○ Give the dining table and chairs a good polish.
○ Wash and polish serve-ware, utensils, drink-ware, and dish-ware. Wash and iron table linens. Hang linens to prevent creasing or set table early.
○ Prepare place-cards.
○ Prepare table-scape.
Prepare the kitchen:
○ Read through recipes. Make sure that you have all the equipment you will need to prepare, cook, and serve all the dishes and drinks you plan on serving.
○ Make a complete list of all the needed ingredients. Don't wait until the day before to shop as most stores will likely be out of *just* the thing you need. Keep in mind that a lot of stores close early Thanksgiving-eve and are closed all day Thursday.
○ Clean out the fridge! Spend the weekend using up leftovers and giving the fridge and freezer a good wipe-down. It's going to be chock full of ingredients and Thanksgiving leftovers. It's a good time to move the fridge shelving to accommodate the bird or any special dishes inside.
Prepare the cook:
○Close your eyes and envision how the day will go. Be ready with a pen and notepad to jot down anything you might have forgotten to plan for.
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