This schedule is based on the Down-Home Southern Thanksgiving menu.
3 Days Ahead
Make Basic Cranberry Sauce; refrigerate. If frozen, place turkey on a tray in refrigerator to thaw (allow 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds).
1 Day Ahead
Set Thanksgiving table; choose serving dishes and utensils. Assemble Sweet Potato Casserole through step 2; refrigerate. Make stewed green beans; refrigerate.
5 Hours Ahead
Prepare cornbread dressing; stuff turkey, and roast. Transfer extra dressing to baking dish; refrigerate. Bring cranberry sauce to room temperature.
45 Minutes to 1 Hour Ahead
While turkey rests, make Bourbon Gravy. Bake extra dressing. Top Sweet Potato Casserole with marshmallows; bake. Warm stewed green beans.
Just Before Serving
Transfer dressing to a serving dish. Carve turkey. Warm gravy, if necessary; whisk until smooth.