I would start with a meal plan. Get every recipe figured out... make sure you have ALL ingredients on hand.
If your getting a fresh turkey put in your order asap. If your buying frozen & have room watch for sales and get it when its cheapest.
fruits & veggies should be bought monday or tuesday before.
Figure out which dishes can be prepared ahead of time and chilled or frozen. (desserts & side dishes)
Decorations can be picked up here and there when you see something you like... But Thanksgiving is easy and you wont need too much.
Check Pinterst for ideas!!
We never host it. I would, if anyone wanted to be cramped into my tiny house, lol.
I'll start the Monday of the week before- menu, making sure I have everything, writing out a preparation and cooking schedule. The weekend before I bring out my nice serving dishes and servingware and my heating trays. Then Monday I start food prep and cooking.
I start 3 days before. I make the pumpkin puree and decorate. the day before I make the salad tray, pies, and casseroles. The day of all I usually have to do is stuff and bake the turkey, make the cranberry sauce, gravy and mashed potatoes.
We buy the food about 4 days before .. That way we have everything we need. I also start baking stuff the day before for the fact of my oven is so small it literally only holds one pan. We deep fry our turkey ..
Decorating I leave that up to my 17 yr old. She loves it so I let her mess with it .. LOL
We make a dinner menu buy food throughout October and November. Pre-cook and freeze anything we can.
We usually decorate the weekend or a couple days before the meal.
It's only the four of us (Dh, our 10 year old dd and 6 year old dd) and MAYBE my mom. Just depends if she wants to come down or not.
So, the girls just make little crafty decorations the week before. My menu is already made and I will buy half of the stuff this week and the other half in 2 weeks.
What casseroles do you make?
Quoting brettsmomma:I start 3 days before. I make the pumpkin puree and decorate. the day before I make the salad tray, pies, and casseroles. The day of all I usually have to do is stuff and bake the turkey, make the cranberry sauce, gravy and mashed potatoes.
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