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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 – https://www.hgtv.com/lifestyle/entertaining/30-thanksgiving-centerpieces-pictures


    • 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.



Over 20 popular best Thanksgiving soup recipes including pumpkin and butternut squash soups, potato soups, vegetable soups, and Thanksgiving leftover soup. | aheadofthyme.com


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!

Thanksgiving menu from https://creativecucina.com/

Only Two Weeks until Thanksgiving

We’re here to help keep your world turning over the holidays.

With two weeks before Thanksgiving, we’ve compiled a list of things to tackle now.

  • Invite guests


  • Plan menu
    Thanksgiving menu from https://creativecucina.com/

    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
    • Sage
    • Thyme
    • Cinnamon
    • Corn starch
    • Flour
    • 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