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Turkey Day Tips

11/12/2015 8:18 PM | Deb Clark

My mom says Thanksgiving dinner is the easiest meal of the year to prepare - she's done it so many times!  However, not all of us feel the same. If you are not jumping for joy at the thought of making the big meal, here are a few tips for getting things under control so you can enjoy the day.  Organization is the name of the game...

10 days prior

  • Plan a menu and determine what can be make ahead of time.  Also, plan to delegate some of the menu and beverage items to guest.
  • Make sure you have a firm commitment from those who are attending and keep track of what they are bringing.
  • Make your shopping list – don’t forget to include film, batteries, beverages, and nonperishables.
  • Take an inventory of all items needed for your table. If you need more chairs or place settings, arrange this now.
  • Make sure you will have space in your refrigerator and freezer for the turkey.
  • Make a to-do list. This is a good time to delegate roles to family members or a hired professional.  Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect!
  • Look at your to-do list and schedule these items on your calendar.  It helps to plan what time you will start preparing dishes made the day of.

One Week Before

  • If you will have young children visiting, make sure the breakable items are put away.
  • Shop for perishable items.
  • If you don’t have an ice maker, start making ice and fill a freezer bag with the cubes.

Two Days Before

  • Fill your salt & pepper shakers, butter dishes, sugar bowls, etc.
  • Defrost in the refrigerator any frozen foods.
  • Make sure your home is clean.

Day Before

  • Prepare the dishes you could not freeze.
  • Chill your beverages.
  • Buy flowers for the table.
  • Set the table now. To keep your dishes and glasses dust free, place them upside down.

Thanksgiving Day

  • You should have time to finish last minute menu items – turkey and mashed potatoes (of course).
  • Most of all: enjoy yourself! Let someone else do the dishes and give thanks for all you have.
  • Happy Thanksgiving from Go To Girl!

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