JumpStart Your Thanksgiving: 7 Ways to Get Ready Now!
Here are seven smart things you should start working on right now to prepare for Thanksgiving so that you can enjoy a stress free day.
The Thanksgiving countdown is on! Between decorating for fall and thinking ahead to Christmas, this holiday can sneak up on you without your realizing it. That’s not a good thing if you happen to be the one hosting the meal! But even if not, do you find yourself getting caught up in the holiday frenzy? Do you become stressed out and unable to enjoy the celebrating going on around you? Well, this time, I have two words of advice for you: PLAN AHEAD!
- Now is when you should put the guest list together OR by early October ( or November if you are living Stateside) decide where you’ ll be spending your Thanksgiving.
- Plan your menu, make a grocery list and shop ahead – Purchase non-perishables now and spread the shopping out so you don’t take a huge financial hit all at once.
- Clean out your freezer and make any foods ahead that can be frozen – Pie crusts, bread rolls, homemade stock, etc. It will also give you room to freeze leftovers from the Thanksgiving meal
- Plan your table and seating arrangement – Do you need to rent, borrow or purchase more chairs or perhaps get a children’s table? Do you need more napkins, drinkware or silverware? Take stock and be prepared.
- Now is the time to test any new recipes so there aren’t any surprises on the day of. It can be embarrassing to say the least. Make a little bit of whatever it is and try it out on close family or friends.
- Get your home ready and prepare for overnight guests – You’ll be sooo glad if you take the time during these weeks prior to Thanksgiving to give your home a thorough cleaning, especially if you’ll be hosting overnight guests. If you devote the time and energy to cleaning now, you’ll be in a better position to give your home a quick once-over right before the big day.
- Thanksgiving is easily one of the biggest holidays to prep for, and if you’re not the one cooking the turkey, baking the pies or coming up with activities to entertain everyone, you should feel extra grateful this year. Whether it’s Thanksgiving with your family or Friendsgiving with your closest pals, offering the hostess with the mostess a gift to show your gratitude and appreciation is always a good idea. Check out our gift baskets or email/call us for some custom ideas.