I’m getting my plan-on this week for Thanksgiving!! I thought I’d do a couple posts this week about how I get ready for the big day of merriment. I sat down and wrote out a few tips from my table…here ya go!
-Folder first. I keep all my favorite recipes in a folder just for Thanksgiving so I know exactly where they are every year. Even if a recipe I love is in a cookbook I make a copy of it and stick it in there.
-Menu. About a week before I nail down exactly what I’m making and what I’m having other people bring. (Becky, you’re bringing that corn puddin’…fo sho!) I write it all down so I can see it on paper…it’s just better that way.
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-Make ahead. This is really important because I do not like being frazzled and crazy on the big day. Anything that can be chopped, sliced, cooked, or prepped ahead of time…do it! I usually prep all my dishes and keep them in the fridge til it’s time to cook them. Things like cranberries can be made a week in advance. Pies a few days ahead. It’ll really pay off!
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-Plan your table and make it pretty before Thanksgiving too. I usually set my table on Wednesday night so I can take my time with it and not be rushing to get it done on Thursday. Here’s a link to my table a few years ago. And HERE’s a link to another table I did. Oh, and here’s one more fun little project you could make for your buffet table.
-Brine. Yes, brine your turkey. More on that tomorrow.
-Plan things for the kids. I usually like to have a little simple craft or something to keep them busy in the morning while I’m cooking and getting ready. Making something for their little table would be really fun!
-Buy paper plates. Maybe for the main meal you want to go classy, but later when everything is all cleaned up and people want to start busting into the pie you are not going to want to wash dishes again. Just get some cute Gobble plates at Target and eat pie and turkey sandwiches off those. You’ll thank me later.
Ok, gotta go plan my menu…and 100 other things 😉 Are you hosting this year? Would you rather be hosting or guesting?