Turkey Day Timeline: Preparing For

Turkey Day Timeline:
Preparing For Thanksgiving Checklist
As soon as you’ve finished the leftover Halloween candy, it’s time to tackle the first Thanksgiving to-dos.
3 Weeks Until Thanksgiving
! Deep clean your kitchen, especially the oven, fridge and freezer.
! Clean the common areas of your home: the porch, living room and dining room.
! Tackle the guest areas next: guest rooms and guest bathrooms.
! Declutter and organize your entryway and coat closet.
! If needed, schedule a carpet cleaning and wash your home’s windows.
! If you have a fireplace, ensure it’s clean and order firewood.
! Polish silver and store it in a tarnish-resistant cloth or box.
! Create a guest list. When family and friends RSVP, ask about dietary restrictions and food allergies.
! Plan the big Turkey Day menu. If you want to use a new recipe, test it ahead of time.
! Create a grocery shopping list. For easy shopping, organize and order the list into the sections of your local
grocery store: product, dairy, meat, bread, etc.
! If your guests plan on bringing items, make a list of what each person will contribute.
! Purchase extra containers for leftovers. Foil casserole dishes allow guests to take home leftovers without
having to worry about returning your dishes.
! If you plan to order a turkey or ham, call ahead and schedule your order now.
! Make sure your shopping list includes SD cards for digital cameras and extra batteries.
! Plan your beverage menu. Inquire at local stores about bulk discounts for wine, beer and liquor. Provide soda,
tea and water for guests who don’t drink alcohol.
! Assign tasks to family members. Involve friends and family in planning and preparing for your Thanksgiving
meal as much as possible to divide responsibility and reduce stress.
2 Weeks Until Turkey Day
! Shop for the non-perishable items on your grocery list.
! Gather serving dishes and assign each to a menu item with a Post-It note.
! Schedule an appointment with your hair stylist for a wash and blow-out the day before Thanksgiving.
! Create a music playlist to listen to during your Thanksgiving meal. Or create a station on Pandora.com or
Spotify.com.
! Inventory your tableware and glassware to ensure you have enough for each of your guests. Mix and match
styles to create a unique, charming tablescape or rent additional pieces from a party supply store.
! If you need to order or rent additional chairs, folding tables, serving dishes, warmers or linens, call the party
supply store and reserve your rental now.
! Wash and press your table linens and napkins. If you’re short on time, take them to your local drycleaner.
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Turkey Day Timeline:
Preparing For Thanksgiving Checklist
! Plan your Thanksgiving décor. Check Pinterest for creative ideas. Schedule time to make decorations and
place cards.
! Write a short toast or blessing to share with guests as you sit down to eat.
1 Week To Go Before Thanksgiving
! Decide on an outfit. Balance function with fashion. Select comfortable shoes and be sure you have an apron
to wear in the kitchen!
! Calculate when you need to start thawing the turkey.
! Confirm when guests plan to arrive. Double-check who needs refrigerator space, oven time or serving
platters.
! Plan seating arrangements.
! Clear space in your refrigerator and freezer.
! Wipe down appliances, wash potholders and dish towels, clean trivets and glasses.
! Clean your coffee maker by running vinegar through it and then rinsing it twice with fresh water.
! Set the table or gather everything you’ll need and place it near the table to make setting it the night before
Thanksgiving as simple as possible.
! Prepare the brine for your turkey.
! Make or buy extra ice and store in the freezer.
! Order fresh flowers or gather seasonal greenery from your own garden.
! Schedule airport pick-ups and determine sleeping arrangements for overnight guests.
! Make final preparations for all the guest rooms. If an overnight guest is brining a baby or small child, ask a
friend or neighbor to borrow a high chair, pack-and-play and other helpful items.
! Manage yard work and decorate the exterior of your home. Rake leaves, clear unnecessary clutter and hang
a harvest wreath on your door.
! Make a schedule for baking and food prep work in the week ahead. Review recipe ingredients and grocery
lists to ensure you’ll have everything you need.
! Write an hour-by-hour Thanksgiving day plan. Include when to put the turkey in the oven, heat the rolls and
light the candles.
2 Days Before Thanksgiving
! Chill the wine and champagne.
! Finish shopping for food and pick up all your orders from butchers, bakeries and specialty food shops.
! Fill the table’s salt and pepper shakers.
! If you’re brining your turkey, put the bird in the brine and keep chilled in the refrigerator.
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Turkey Day Timeline:
Preparing For Thanksgiving Checklist
! Prep ingredients for recipes.
! Prepare all the soups and desserts. Store in airtight containers.
! Tidy your home with some final light housekeeping. Focus on the guest bathroom, kitchen, living room and
dining room. Dust and vacuum.
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Preparing For Thanksgiving Checklist
1 More Day To Go
! Make all the side dishes, including the stuffing, that can be prepared ahead of time. For mashed potatoes,
prep the potatoes and place in cold water in the fridge.
! Go to your hair appointment. You’ll wake up the next morning with photo-ready hair.
! Disinfect the kitchen sink and countertops; run the disposal.
! Arrange flowers in vases. For an extra special touch, include a small bouquet in the guest bathroom.
! Hang fresh towels and put full rolls of toilet paper in the bathrooms.
! Spot clean the common areas of your home. Disinfect remote controls, phones, door handles and light
switches. Empty trash bins.
! Charge your digital camera and assign one member of your family to be the photographer.
! Create a serving area for beer, wine, mixed drinks, desserts and coffee. Include corkscrews, cut lemons and
limes, an ice bucket, glasses, coffee cups, dessert plates, forks, sugar and creamer.
! Go to bed early and get some rest.
Thanksgiving Day!
! Turn off your computer and unplug from email, texting and social media.
! If guests offer to help, put them to work! Guests can help pour drinks, answer the door, stow coats, refill ice,
take photos or keep an eye on the kids.
! Prepare and roast the turkey — or fry, smoke or barbecue!
! Roast vegetables and heat the stuffing.
! Put condiments in dishes, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready.
! Prepare gravy and any other last minute items.
! Put ice and a pitcher of water on the table.
! Enjoy your delicious food and the company of family and friends!
Cleanup
! Let everyone who wants to pitch in help with cleanup.
! Clear the table, wash platters and return dishes to guests.
! Pack leftovers and store in the refrigerator.
! Hand-wash silver, china, crystal, knives and oversized serving pieces.
! Soak pots, empty kitchen trash and recycling bin.
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