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Tips to Prepare for the Big Turkey Day!

It is one of the most favorite times of the year, but it can also be stressful if you are not prepared. Yes, I am referring to November and Thanksgiving. This year, Thanksgiving is on Thursday, November 24, 2022. Just as November always seems to fly by, soon it will be time to have that wonderful Turkey Day.

So, what is the best way to get everything done prior to the big day (at least one week prior to Thanksgiving), It’s the week in which there are still pies to bake, turkey to baste and a table to set are just a few of your responsibilities this week. Setting up a list of lists will make your next week run smoothly. That’s what lists do, they get ideas out of your head, get stuff done, help you have more fun, and help you stay in the moment with your guest(s) that day.

Here are the lists that you need the week before Thanksgiving. These to-do lists will not only help you stay on track; these will also help you have your most organized Turkey Day!

Finalize your guest list

Who will you be sitting with during your holiday feast? It’s time to finalize your guest list and connect with all your guests. Your guests may request to bring items for your meal so have a list prepared just in case they would like to bring a dish.

Gather your gear

Do you need extra linens or will you be eating on eco-friendly plates? Is this the year you will cook your turkey on the grill? Now is the time to purchase what’s needed for your feast. Set out your plates, silverware, and other tablescape items to be sure you are ready to set the table.

Create your shopping list

What’s needed for the day’s event, and the week ahead? What breakfast, lunch, and leftovers do you have planned for feeding your guests? Are your guests on any special diets or have dietary restrictions such as vegan, gluten-free, or vegetarian? Now is the time to check special dietary requests. Checking your list early means you can check on sales at various shops and save money.

Beverages and bar options

Even before your big meal, will you be serving special beverages? Research festive holiday drinks and kids' drinks for your meal. Be ready with a juice, family-friendly punch, or adult cocktail station set up before the meal begins.

Create a cooking plan

In order to have all your dishes ready simultaneously, write a list of when you will prepare, cook and bake your holiday dishes. Review your recipes to be organized about when to start cooking. Assign cooking responsibilities to friends and family who arrive early that day.

Purchase your turkey

Turkeys come in fresh and frozen, big and little. Be ready for your feast by purchasing your turkey ahead of time and holding it in the coldest part of your refrigerator. It is recommended this year due to previous bird flu that was going around that there may be a shortage of turkeys this year. Therefore, purchasing your turkey at least two weeks in advance is recommended to make sure you have yours on the big day. All sorts of cooking turkey tips are available online to check out to be sure your bird is delicious.

Thanksgiving Day List

Stick to your list of lists and you will enjoy your day. Remember this is a time to be thankful and spend it with family and friends, as well as put them in the mix to share the fun in cooking and preparing. Don’t forget there are always a couple of NFL football games on and the Macy’s Parade to check out as well.

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