We are officially under a week’s notice of Thanksgiving, which means it’s time for chaos to ensue and completely take over. Whether you’re hosting the feast of deliciousness that is Thanksgiving or simply attending, there’s no reason to feel overwhelmed.
Sure, it can seem like there are a million things—and then some—to do, but you’ve got a few days, and we’ve got your back. To avoid unnecessary and unwanted stress, take advantage of these 6 ways to get organized now and set yourself up for a golden (and stress-free) Thanksgiving day.
1. Order The Bird
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This might seem like a “well, duh” type of thing, but as Ina Garten spelled out, Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without a fresh turkey, one that you can’t get if you don’t order now.
Whether it’s a turkey, duck, or ham, you have the power to prepare and you know, ensure your guests have something to nom on before the main course (pies, of course) rolls out.
2. Check Your Recipe Book
Or your Pinterest boards, but they’re basically the same thing, right? Make sure you have all the information you need to prepare what you’ve promised to your guests or the host.
If you find yourself uninspired by the recipes you’ve logged, you’ll have time to find new ones that’ll be the centerpiece of the night.
3. Stock Up
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If there are any ingredients, such as bread, eggs or canned goods, that you can get ahead of time—do it!
This will minimize stress for day of and day before, allowing you to carefully craft the best homemade stuffing and a close-enough-to-from-scratch pumpkin pie that anyone has ever seen.
Plus, who wants to run to the store the morning of, stressing over whether or not they have any pureed pumpkin left in aisle 10.
4. Make Ahead and Freeze
This is an upgrade from stocking up in the sense that you’re you know, utilizing all the things you stocked up on.
You can make your apple pie or famous cranberry sauce ahead of time and freeze it, allowing you to sit back, watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and let everyone else sweat the small stuff in the kitchen.
5. Prep Your Spaces
If you’re hosting the big day, you’re going to want to make sure that you have enough space in your fridge to accommodate your guests.
Having that one jar of pickles and the leftover casserole from your kickball kickoff in March is less of a priority than allotting space for freshly-whipped cream, pumpkin pie and that homemade stuffing of yours.
In addition to fridge space, make sure you have ample seating for guests in numerous locations, not just the dinner table!
6. Get a Head Count
It’s impossible to prep for a day of hosting if you haven’t the slightest clue how many people are coming. Try and politely ask your potential guests (family included!) to give you an RSVP prior to showing up with five extra, hungry guests.
This will allow you to ensure there are enough wine glasses and dinnerware for the whole crew with some to spare.