Here's what you can cross off your list today to make sure Turkey Day is as stress-free as possible.

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1. Go grocery shopping

While you might want to wait to buy delicate items like salad greens until the week of Thanksgiving, we'd recommend getting the brunt of your shopping done this weekend. Hardy vegetables like carrots, parsnips, beets, potatoes, and squash keep particularly well. Bonus: your grocery store won't be out of anything yet!

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2. Stock up on materials to pack leftovers

Beautifully packaged leftovers make the ultimate Thanksgiving party favor. Get the supplies you need to gussy them up now, then read up on our simple tips.

Learn How to Pack Your Thanksgiving Leftovers with Style
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3. Plan activities for the kids

Having a fun, easy craft like these Thanksgiving placemats ready to go is the best way to keep the kids' table entertained. Pick up the materials after your grocery run this weekend.

Check Out 6 Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids That Parents Can Appreciate, Too
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4. Create a cooking schedule

Based on what you've already prepped, figure out what your kitchen game plan is leading up to the big day. That way you can keep track of what's going in the oven or on the stovetop and what needs to be made fresh or simply reheated.

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5. Pull out all your dishes

Whether you're dusting off your fancy china or simply using more of your everyday dishware, start washing everything now. Your dishwasher is going to be more occupied than you think as we get closer to Thanksgiving.

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6. Take out your cookware

This means your carving board, carving knife, roasting pan, casserole dish, and any other necessary kitchen equipment that you don't use regularly. Make sure everything is washed and ready to be put to work on Turkey Day.


7. Clean out your fridge

Did you tidy your fridge on National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day? If not, now's the time to get organized and make room for what's to come. Don't forget to toss any expired foods and wipe down surfaces.

Check Out Our Guide to Cleaning Your Fridge

8. Clean your house

You knew this one was coming! Cross any major housekeeping off your list now so that your home is shipshape and ready to welcome guests.

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9. Make cranberry sauce

This Thanksgiving staple is one of those dishes that tastes even better after the flavors have some time to mingle in the fridge. Our glorious ginger- and clove-spiced version can be made up to a week in advance.

Get the Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Clove Recipe
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10. Whip up a compound butter

An easy, delicious way to take your dinner rolls to the next level! Mix in festive flavors like cranberry and orange, then store in the fridge for up to a week.

Get the Holiday Compound Butter Recipes


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