5 Things You Can Do Now to Make Thanksgiving Day Way Easier
Terrified of Thanksgiving logistics? Don’t panic, you’ve got this!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and for some of us, that means it’s time to start the annual panic that can only come from hosting one of the biggest food and family holidays of the year. But don’t worry. Even though you’re not able to get the major things out of the way (like cooking the turkey) just yet, there are things you can do now that will make Thanksgiving Day a whole lot easier.
Set Your Table
If you’re hosting in a formal or separate dining room and it’s not where you eat most of your meals, set your table now—at least as much as you can. You can iron your linens and put them on the table, add any non-floral centerpieces, and set up the serveware, pitchers, and folding chairs you’ll need. If you’re using china or other special dishes, you can pretty much lay it all out now.
If you’re making place cards, do those now and either put them on the table or make a seating chart. On Thanksgiving Day, all you’ll need to add are last-minute items and, of course, your food.
Plan for Extracurriculars
Other than eating, what’s your plan for the day? Maybe there’s a game you want to play or another activity that you can prepare in advance. We love this Turkey on the Table, which comes with paper feathers everyone can write on to share what they’re thankful for. It becomes a centerpiece and conversation starter. And, since activities have no shelf life, you can get them together now!
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Start Cooking . . . Kind of
First, head to the grocery store and buy any nonperishables you’re going to need. This includes spices, condiments, and beverages. When the time comes to shop for fresh produce and meats, your load will be a lot lighter. Make any soups and sauces now (looking at holiday all-stars butternut squash soup and cranberry sauce here) to take some of the cooking burden off of you the day of.
Get Ready for Leftovers
Everyone knows leftovers are one of the best parts of Thanksgiving. There isn’t anything better than a turkey sandwich the next day, bursting with all of the awesome components of last night’s dinner. Yum. But a big holiday like this means your fridge will be leftover central for the next few days. Make sure you’ve got the right food storage container for each type of food. If you’re planning to send friends and family home with party favors, have some extra containers on hand that you’re willing to part with.
Clean Guest Spaces
If you’ve got a guest bathroom or bedroom, or any other spaces that aren’t going to get much use between now and Turkey Day, clean them now to get it over with. The morning of, you can wipe down any surfaces, but the bulk of the work will be done.
Got any favorite ways to get ready for Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments!