One Week before Thanksgiving Logistical Planning

Last week we shared some ideas for planning ahead. This week we have a few more ideas of things you can do now – to make more time for friends and family closer to Thanksgiving day.

A week before

  • Clean house and decorate (wreaths, centerpieces, and table cloths)
    • Show your housekeeper (if you have one) that you’re thankful for their services. Schedule your cleaning early and express your gratitude through a holiday tip.
    • Start planning/making the centerpieces.  Here are 70 ideas from HGTV –


    • Don’t forget about decorating outside too!

50 Cheap and Easy Outdoor Fall Decorations

  • Get extra tables or chairs (if needed)


  • Make Yam Casserole
    • Cool completely and freeze
    • (omit the topping – Add the marshmallows when reheating on Thanksgiving)


  • Wash and press table cloth and napkins


  • Purchase foods that will keep for a week (frozen desserts and hearty vegetables).
    • Onions, garlic, potatoes, sweet potatoes, root vegetables, winter squash.
    • Wait to buy more delicate vegetables such as green beans, asparagus, or Brussels sprouts.
    • Wash and store your greens.


  • Start making extra ice.


  • Make and freeze any soups you might have on the menu.



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Ideas for the list came from – Thanksgiving Menus for Beginners to Experts | Allrecipes, Wayfair Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide, Cook’s Illustrated Make-ahead schedule, and AGT Global team members!