How to Create a Thanksgiving Dinner Checklist


Once you've decided to have the family over for Thanksgiving dinner, sit back and relax. It is a lot of work, of course, but if you organize the next couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, your dinner will be a hit.

Things You'll Need

  • Guest list
  • Menu
  • Turkey
  • Table settings

2 Weeks Before Thanksgiving

  • Make a guest list. If Thanksgiving is a family tradition, you probably already know who will be attending, but a phone call to confirm any additional guests will help you prepare enough food.

  • Create a drink and appetizer menu.

  • Finalize the menu for your main course.

  • Buy or order your turkey. You will want to make sure you do this ahead of time so you can get a turkey big enough for all of your guests.

1 Week Before

  • Determine if your table is big enough to accommodate your guests. If it is too small, consider a kid's table for the children, or borrowing a folding table from family or friends. Once you put a table cloth on it, it will look just fine.

  • Polish up the silverware and wash the china and glasses.

  • Check your menu and make sure you have enough serving and baking dishes.

  • Wash your napkins and tablecloths.

Thanksgiving Week

  • Defrost the turkey in the refrigerator. This will take a few days, so pull it from the freezer on Monday or Tuesday.

  • Buy or make a centerpiece for the table.

  • Do a thorough cleaning of the house. Dust, vacuum and scrub the bathrooms.

  • Create a shopping list and buy all the items needed to prepare your meal.

  • Prepare any desserts or side dishes that can be made ahead of time.

  • Set the table the night before Thanksgiving. This will give you one less thing to worry about on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving Day

  • Wipe down the bathrooms and vacuum of the floors.

  • Prepare and cook the turkey.

  • Make the rest of your side dishes and reheat those already prepared.

  • Accept help from your guests.

  • Enjoy your family and friends!

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