Let’s face it. We are just way to busy to juggle everything and host Thanksgiving too. We don’t text people back, we forget important to dos at work, and regular life just gets too overwhelming. Its so intense that we can’t even think about all the things we want to do for Thanksgiving, let alone do them. Look no further, I’m going to help you make it happen with just under one week to spare.
If you’re starting today, do this:
- ORDER EVERYTHING. No, I don’t mean every single dish on the table (unless that’s your thing!) What I do mean is:
- Your turkey. Visit the awesome folks at D’Artagnan.com and order your turkey of choice right now. They will deliver it just a couple days before Thanksgiving so you don’t have to think about thawing out a frozen bird. Seriously. Stop reading for a second and click that link. Do it!
- Your pies. Are you still under the delusion that you’re going to bake al of your pies from scratch? Ha! That’s funny! Call your local farm stand and get your order right now. Seriously, again, people, stop reading and get your pie order in ASAP.
- Supplies and Decor. When you get home tonight, check your kitchen cabinets for the important tools you need to get your cooking on. That includes (but is not limited to) a roasting pan and rack insert, baster, metal tongs for handling, sharp knives and/or a sharpener to get yours razor sharp for the day. Don’t forget the table top items you might be missing! Order your table centerpiece from your local florist and head over to Sur la Table or Bed Bath & Beyond to stock up on any linens, serving ware, or any missing pieces you need for your table.
- Plan your menu & shopping list. Don’t reinvent the wheel, its Thanksgiving. You do this every year.
- Appetizers, check.
- Turkey, check.
- Potatoes, check.
- Veggies, check.
- Stuffing, check.
- Cranberry sauce, check? NOTE: Whatever you do, DO NOT make a recipe that you have never made before. At this point, its too late to be adventurous so stick to the recipes you know for a fool proof menu. When you’re ready, write out your ingredients that you’ll need. Start with pantry items and make sure you have the staples in place. Then, separate the perishables and the super perishables (items that will only keep for 2-3 days) and make clear lists of every single thing you’ll need.
- Start doing a linen wash. Tablecloths, sheets and towels for overnight guests, and any other linens you need for the day and weekend, get them in the washing machine and start the cleaning process. If you can multitask, this is a great to do item while you’re preparing your menus and lists. Plus, you’ll notice what you might be missing for your holiday table! In which case, see item 1 above.
Done! Day 1 of the 6 day planner is complete. Take that shopping list and put it in your wallet, bag, pocket or wherever you need to keep it safe and handy. Day 2, we are going shopping!
See ya tomorrow! A votre sante!