Are you reading for Thanksgiving? Having a plan makes the day a little less harried. Here are some ideas for Thanksgiving Preparations.
Do you hear it?
That’s Thanksgiving driving down your street.
Luckily, he doesn’t have GPS and won’t ask for directions, so he’ll be driving around for a few minutes more before he actually pulls into your driveway.
But in any event, you need to get your Thanksgiving Preparations in gear.
Thanksgiving Preparations to make the big day a little smoother:
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- If you are hosting, then check your linens to make sure that they are clean and ironed.
- If you are like me and use your crystal once or twice a year, then you might want to rinse the dust off of them…just saying.
- Polish any silver you will be using
- Go ahead and set your table. That will give you a sense of what pieces you may need to clean and what pieces you may need to borrow.
- I absolutely love my Juliska dishes, but I found these brown transferware salad plates at a local thrift store to add just a little something different to my place setting. They weren’t expensive and they play so nicely with my white Juliska dishes.
- I love these little place cards that I found in a cute little store in Columbia, SC while we were ‘college shopping’ last month.
- Do you have your centerpiece planned out and made?
- How is your candle inventory? I know I need to grab tea lights…but I’m staying away from the 1-hour burn time ones, tired of those things burning out before dinner is over. I didn’t realize that there were 4- and 8-hour tea lights, so I just ordered a bag of these...thanks Amazon Prime!
- Use unique or personal pieces to make your table a reflection of you. This spoon in the Winter Spiced Cranberry Conserve was my baby spoon. I actually prefer it tarnished, so I rarely polish it…love the character of it.
Prepare Some Of Your Thanksgiving Food Ahead of Time:
- These Marinated Castelvetrano Olives are a great nibble that can be made ahead. I’m serving them in a sugar bowl that I found in a local thrift store.
- Not only is this Winter Spiced Cranberry Conserve outstanding
by the spoonful straight out of the jar on turkey, but it also truly delicious over a wedge of warm brie for the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. It is served in the creamer that pairs with the sugar bowl.
I have the days of Thanksgiving Week planned out as well. Because my table is all set, my Thanksgiving Preparations are all about food for the days before Thanksgiving:
- Monday: I will pick up my Fresh Turkey, purchase the fresh vegetables from the grocery store
- Make Pate Brisee for the 3 pies I will bake (1 pumpkin, 1 pecan and 1 apple) and refrigerate
- Brine my Turkey
- Clean and trim whatever vegetables I can do ahead of time
- Cook sausage, onions and celery for stuffing
- In the morning:
- peel and cube mashed potatoes and put in cold water with a splash of vinegar or lemon juice (to prevent browning) in the refrigerator
- peel and slice apples and toss with lemon juice and refrigerate
- make and bake pies
- clean and cut celery for stuffed celery, prepare stuffing for stuffed celery
- prepare stuffing and refrigerate until ready to be stuffed into turkey or baked separately.
- In the early afternoon:
- bake Turkey
- with the turkey stock, I can make the gravy earlier in the day and add some drippings from the turkey right before serving.
- prepare Vegetable Bundles
- cook Potatoes
- When everyone gathers:
- Half hour before dinner:
- my dad will mash potatoes
- bake Vegetable Bundles
- Kate will make the salad.
- Terry will carve the turkey
- Rob will fill water glasses, wine glasses and light the candles
- Mom and I will be put the finishing touches to the meal.
When you have a plan and can space the chores out, it makes the day just that much more enjoyable.
What Thanksgiving Preparations have you made or will make to make Thanksgiving a little more relaxed in your house?
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