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 – https://www.hgtv.com/lifestyle/entertaining/30-thanksgiving-centerpieces-pictures
- Don’t forget about decorating outside too!
- 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.
- Make and freeze any soups you might have on the menu.
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!
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With two weeks before Thanksgiving, we’ve compiled a list of things to tackle now.
- Plan menu
Menu from https://creativecucina.com/
- Begin a shopping list – Keep in mind the guests and any special dietary needs.
- Make room – clean out your freezer, fridge, and pantry.
- Order flowers – The national companies use your local florists – cut out the middle person and order directly from the local florist.
- Take inventory of kitchen tools needed
- Meat thermometer
- Heavy-duty roasting pan with rack
- Baking dishes
- Serve ware, flatware
- Dishes and glasses
- Basting brush/bulb
- Fat separator, cheesecloth
- Wire wisk
- Sharpened knife/electric slicer
- Food storage containers
- Extra oven mitts
- Ensure your pantry has the Thanksgiving staples
- Chicken or vegetable stock
- Canned pumpkin
- Corn starch
- Vegetable oil and shortening
More tips next week on menu, early prep, and recipes that will store until the big day.
Tips from AllRecipes.com and Wayfair.com