Thanksgiving is almost here! Maybe it’s your turn to host Thanksgiving or maybe you’re doing it for the first time. Either way, planning is the key to a successful dinner. Get it all written out. Make your plan, work your plan.
Few years ago, we hosted our first ever Thanksgiving. True rookies, it’s nerve-wracking and stressful. As someone who’s not a huge cook, there was this immense pressure to step it up. The night before, we actually got sick with the flu and actually thought about canceling Thanksgiving but we couldn’t just give it all up. If it wasn’t for the pre-planning activities, there’s a good chance it would’ve been cancelled.
Putting together an effective plan will set you up for a successful Thanksgiving allowing you to create great memories and share the stories for years to come. Here’s how you can do it:
- Menu: Put together a menu for appetizers, main menu, and dessert. This doesn’t need to be the final menu. Put down all of the food ideas you have. This can include any new recipes you want to try. Once you’ve brainstormed your menu, gather all of the recipes. Go through each recipe to see how long it will take to make it. You don’t want to overextend yourself the day of, have a good mix of long recipes and short recipes. Also, if it’s a recipe you’ve never tried before and has quite a few steps, it’s best to test it out before Thanksgiving day. There’s nothing worse than being excited about a new recipe to only have it fail.
- Shopping List: Take the pile of recipes you have and head over to your pantry. Grab a highlighter and go through each recipe you have to see what ingredients you currently have. Highlight the ones you have. Once that is done, make your shopping list of the items that you need.
- Guest Count: Get a total number of the guests that will be attending, don’t forget to included yourself. Have a breakdown between adults and children.
- Activities: If you’re planning on having family and friends over for the day and not eating until later in the afternoon, it’s always a good idea to have some activities planned, especially if there will be kids, most of them don’t understand football yet 😉 Here’s a list of some ideas from Pinterest and they are all free!
- Decorations: Start compiling photos you like of Thanksgiving or fall decor, save images to your phone or Evernote so you can easily find them. You can print them out too, which I do prefer but it does use up more ink. If you have a Pinterest account, start a board and use it to save the ones you like best. Make a list of decorations you will need to get including the table setting. If you are not sure where to buy decorations, here’s a list of a few places:
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming. Put together your plan, work it, and you will be on your way to your best Thanksgiving yet! To help you get you on your way, download your free planner Download!
What are your favorite Thanksgiving dishes? Do you have any family traditions? Share them in the comments below!