Now is the
time to make those preparations for your Thanksgiving dinner! Here you will
find a countdown that will help you to have everything ready by the big
~Two Weeks Prior To Thanksgiving Or Now!~
1) Plan your menu. Think about which items that can be made ahead of
time and frozen, and plan these items in on your "to-do" list (see #4
below). Have a few items listed which you don't mind if a guest brings
-- delegate these items when inviting your guests.
2) Invite your guests and get a firm commitment from them ASAP.
3) Make your shopping list, but only after you know exactly what your
guests might be bringing. Don't forget to include important items such
as film, batteries, and beverages.
4) Make a "Thanksgiving To-Do" list. List every little thing that you
feel must be done prior to Thanksgiving. For example, detail cleaning,
washing of serving pieces, shopping, raking of leaves in yard, cooking,
5) Take your "Thanksgiving To-Do" list, and schedule time for each item.
You may wish to complete one or two items a day until Turkey Day. Be sure
to get the help of your spouse and children - delegate! Work on your personal
"Thanksgiving To-Do" list in addition to the items in this countdown.
6) Order your turkey, if you order yours.
~Ten Days Prior To Thanksgiving~
1) Take an inventory of your chairs, tables, dishes, flatware, glassware,
and linens. If items need to be cleaned, do so now. If you need more chairs,
arrange that at this time.
2) Make sure you will have enough room in your freezer or refrigerator
for the turkey. If you don't have enough room, plan now to make room by
eating meals made from some of the items taking up the space.
3) Clean your refrigerator inside and out.
4) Shop for nonperishable groceries on your shopping list, or items you
know will keep until Thanksgiving.
~One Week Prior To Thanksgiving~
1) Will children be at your home for Thanksgiving? Search the web and
craft books for easy activities and games that will keep the children
2) Also, if you are having young children in your home, do a safety check
of your home. Are medicines and cleaners out of reach? Do your outlets
have covers? Do you have breakable items that might be better off on a
higher shelf? Do a thorough check of each room the children will occupy.
3) Have the children help you with some simple decorations. Create turkey's
from pinecones, placecards, draw pilgrims for the refrigerator door, and
4) Re-evalute your "Thanksgiving To-Do" list. Is there many items you
listed, that may be impossible to get done now? Be realistic and cross
off items that can be skipped.
~Five Days Prior To Thanksgiving~
1) Plan seating arrangements.
2) To save money on bagged ice, start making your own ice cubes now, by
freezing in trays, and when frozen, dump them in a freezer bag.
3) Shop for perishable Thanksgiving items between now and two days prior
~Two Days Prior To Thanksgiving~
1) Is there any other dishes or desserts that can still be prepared
ahead of time? If so, do them today.
2) Fill your salt and pepper shakers and butter dishes.
3) Defrost in the refrigerator any frozen side dishes.
4) Be sure your home is clean. If any other details need to be taken care
of, do them now. Is your bathroom clean?
Do you need to clean your front walk?
~Day Before Thanksgiving~
1) Prepare any dishes you couldn't freeze.
2) Chill beverages in refrigerator.
3) Buy bouquet of flowers for table or countertop, if you wish.
4) Do spot clean of rooms that will be used during the festivities.
5) If you have a formal dining area, set the Thanksgiving table now.
1) Finish last minute details: turkey, mashed potatoes, but most of
all, enjoy yourself!
©2000 - Brandie Valenzuela
About the author: Brandie Valenzuela is married and a mother of two children.
She is currently expecting their third child in December of 2000. If you
like this article, then be sure to check out Brandie's FREE ezines dedicated
to the family: The Family First Newsletter and the Daily Holiday Recipe