Thanksgiving Timeline

Herb-Roasted-Turkey-Breast-recipeI don’t know about you, but I start to get anxiety when I think about all that has to be done for Thanksgiving.  And I’m not even hosting!!  But let’s face it – the meal is the main focus on Thanksgiving day.  You don’t want to be stuck running around, unorganized and frantic, trying to get everything done.  Since the holiday is only a few weeks away, now is the time to get organized!


Here is a basic timeline that will help you to relieve the stress and to make sure everything is ready.


Three weeks before: Research recipes.  Think about traditions and what has worked and what hasn’t worked in the past.  If you want to try new recipes, make sure you have time to test them before the holiday.


Two weeks before: Finalize the menu.  Make a grocery list, separating it into what can be bought now and what needs to be purchased in the few days before Thanksgiving.  You can start buying the items that can be stored if you have space for them.


Confirm your guest list to make sure you know how many will be attending.


Check the china and table settings to make sure you have everything you need and that nothing is missing.


Figure out how long it will take to thaw your turkey, and purchase turkey if needed.  If you are using a frozen turkey, plan on one day of thawing for every 4 pounds.


A few days before: Finish grocery shopping.  Prepare any food that can be done early, or that can be frozen.


Make sure the house is clean.  Do all of the major cleaning, leaving only minor pick-ups for the day before and day of.


The day before: Prepare the brine for the turkey, if using.


Do all of the food prop that is possible. Chop vegetables, make pies, assemble side dishes.  Purchase any last minute items.


Set the table.


Make sure the dishwasher is empty and everything is put away to make cleanup on Thanksgiving fast and painless.


Thanksgiving Day:  Roast the turkey.  Finish any dishes that were not done ahead of time.


Relax, enjoy and express thanks.  That is the true reason for the holiday!


Article Submitted by Deb H of TasteAndTellBlog