Turkey Day Tips: Prep for Thanksgiving 2 Weeks Out

November 08, 2018

Turkey Day Tips: Prep for Thanksgiving 2 Weeks Out

Time to shop for your Thanksgiving nonperishables!

If you’ve been following our Turkey Day Tips, you’ve ordered the turkey, planned your menu, and invited your guests. If not, time to get on it! Now that we’re about two weeks out, it’s time to take it one step further and start doing some shopping and getting your table ready. New York City–based organizer Barbara Reich is back, and she’s giving us the rundown on what needs to get done this week to ensure the smoothest holiday possible.

Pick Up Nonperishables

Anything that comes in a can or a freezer bag along with drinks and some dessert items can be bought now. You might as well get these things off your to-do list before your home gets really hectic. Head to the grocery store this week for all of your nonperishables, including the following items:

  • Alcohol
  • Mixers
  • Nonalcoholic beverages: soda, juice, sparkling water
  • Oils, spices, and condiments
  • Frozen pie crusts
  • Frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Canned fruits and vegetables

Ice, Ice Baby

When you’re hosting a crowd, you’re going to need more ice than you ordinarily would. If you have an ice maker, that’s great—all you’ll need then are ziplock bags. Take the ice out of the drawer or bucket, put it into a ziplock bag, and wait for more ice to be made. Repeat as many times as necessary until you have enough for your group.

If you don’t have an ice maker, do the same with ice trays. It requires a bit more tending to, but you’ll get there.

Get Your Linens Ready

Whether you’re purchasing, renting, or using your own table covering and napkins, now is the time to get them ready. If you have your own, iron them this week, and you won’t have to think about it again. If you’re not ready to put out the linens just yet, layer the ironed tablecloth with a sheet and roll it into a tube to avoid wrinkling again. If you’re purchasing paper tablecloths and napkins, do that now. You’ll thank yourself next week, when your list of things to take care of seems a mile long.

Breathe. You’ve got this. And there’s lots more to do next week. Stay tuned!

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