Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful. Pull off a flawless feast without breaking a sweat by dividing your workload into manageable everyday tasks.
Daily To-Do List
Start planning your Thanksgiving menu.
Order your turkey.
Hosting Friendsgiving? Invite people now.
Clear out your freezer.
Stock your bar and order wine.
Decide which pies you're baking this Thanksgiving.
Confirm guest list and any food allergies or dietary restrictions.
Organize your menu by what requires the oven, what needs stove time, and what can be made ahead.
Check if you have enough chairs (and table space).
Plan the kids' table.
Make a shopping list and check your pantry to see what ingredients you already have on hand.
Shop for non-perishables, cleaning supplies, and paper goods.
Inspect your cookware, plates, and platters and buy what you need.
Make sure your meat thermometer is working.
Plan your Thanksgiving tablescape.
Plan for leftovers, stock up on supplies to send food home with your guests, and make sure you have enough fridge and freezer containers.
Clean out your fridge to make space.
Make place cards (now that you have your final head count).
Make your centerpiece.
Buy root vegetables like sweet potatoes, and other produce that lasts, such as cranberries and apples.
Make cranberry sauce.
Write out your hour-to-hour cooking schedule.
Pick up your fresh turkey or defrost your frozen turkey.
Set the table.
Follow your hour-to-hour cooking schedule.
Allow time for the turkey to rest before carving.
Make turkey sandwiches and use your leftovers!