Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Having a plan makes the day a little less harried. These Preparation Tips and this 2022 Printable Thanksgiving Planner will help you have a relaxed and stress-free day.
Do you hear it?
That’s Thanksgiving driving down your street.
Luckily, he doesn’t have GPS and won’t ask for directions, so he’ll be driving around for a few minutes more before he actually pulls into your driveway.
But in any event, you need to get your Thanksgiving Planning in gear.
A Thanksgiving Planner will make the big day a little smoother:
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Three Weeks Before Thanksgiving
Nail down your guest list…how many guests will be joining you for Thanksgiving?
Plan out your menu. What will you be serving?
Gather the recipes you will be using. Mark the cookbooks or print them off and put them together.
While you have your recipes, go ahead and write down your shopping list.
Make room in your freezer for preparations and leftovers.
If you need to order your Turkey, go ahead and do it.
When you have some time in the week before Thanksgiving, take some time to plan your table. By making and following a Thanksgiving Plan, you’ll be large and in charge as the date gets closer.
If you are hosting, then check your linens to make sure that they are clean and ironed.
If you are like me and use your crystal once or twice a year, then you might want to rinse the dust off of them…just saying.
Polish any silver you will be using
How is your candle inventory? I know I need to grab tea lights…but I’m staying away from the 1-hour burn time ones, tired of those things burning out before dinner is over. I didn’t realize that there were 4- and 8-hour tea lights, so I just ordered a bag of these...thanks Amazon Prime!
Two Weeks Before Thanksgiving
Make Turkey Stock for your Gravy and freeze or can it.
What else can you make ahead of time?
These Marinated Castelvetrano Olives are great nibbles that can be made ahead and refrigerated. I’m serving them in a sugar bowl that I found in a local thrift store.
Not only is this Winter Spiced Cranberry Conserve outstanding
by the spoonful straight out of the jar on turkey, but it is also truly delicious over a wedge of warm brie for the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. It is served in the creamer that pairs with the sugar bowl.
One Week Before Thanksgiving
Make room in your refrigerator by eating out of it for the week. If your fridge is on the smaller side, like mine, real estate in there is scarce!
Make your Pie Crusts. Wrap them well and freeze until you need them next week.
Go ahead and set your table. That will give you a sense of what pieces you may need to clean and what pieces you may need to borrow.
I love my Juliska dishes, but I found these brown transferware salad plates at a local thrift store to add something different to my place setting. They weren’t expensive, and they play so nicely with my white Juliska dishes.
I love these little place cards that I found in a cute little store in Columbia, SC, while we were ‘college shopping’ last month.
Do you have your centerpiece planned out and made?
- Use unique or personal pieces to make your table a reflection of you. This spoon in the Winter Spiced Cranberry Conserve was my baby spoon. I actually prefer it tarnished, so I rarely polish it…love the character of it.
I have the days of Thanksgiving Week planned out as well. By following my printable Thanksgiving Planner, my Thanksgiving Preparations are all about the food for the days before Thanksgiving.
I will pick up my Fresh Turkey, and purchase the fresh vegetables from the grocery store
If your turkey is frozen, put it in the refrigerator to defrost. Count on a defrost time of 24 hours in the refrigerator for every 4-5 pounds of turkey.
My mom will make Cranberry Relish (minus the red pepper flakes and peppercorns)
Brine my Turkey
Clean and trim whatever vegetables I can do ahead of time
Cook sausage, onions, and celery for stuffing
In the morning:
- Peel and cube mashed potatoes and put in cold water with a splash of vinegar or lemon juice (to prevent browning) in the refrigerator
- Peel and slice apples and toss with lemon juice and refrigerate
- Make and bake pies
- Clean and cut celery for stuffed celery, prepare stuffing for stuffed celery
- Prepare stuffing and refrigerate until ready to be stuffed into turkey or baked separately.
In the early afternoon:
- Bake Turkey
- I can make the gravy earlier in the day with the turkey stock and add some drippings from the turkey right before serving.
- Prepare Vegetable Bundles
- Cook Potatoes
When everyone gathers:
- Serve warm brie with cranberry conserve
A half an hour before dinner:
- My dad will mash potatoes
- Bake Vegetable Bundles
- Kate will make the salad.
- Terry will carve the turkey
- Rob will fill water glasses, and wine glasses and light the candles
- Mom and I will put the finishing touches on the meal.
When you have a Thanksgiving Plan and can space the chores out, it makes the day just that much more enjoyable.
This Printable Thanksgiving Planner will help you stay on task with your Thanksgiving Preparations. Click the button below to have the Thanksgiving Planner sent to your inbox.
If you still need more fall decor ideas, check out my fall ‘open house’ with natural decor for more inspiration!
What Thanksgiving Preparations have you made or will you make to make Thanksgiving a little more relaxed in your house? What does your Thanksgiving Planner look like?
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