Thanksgiving Day is a big event, especially if you are the one hosting and preparing all the food for the holiday. Some people will try get ahead by prepping things the night before Thanksgiving, but one evening is not enough. You can ease the stress of the holiday by preparing way in advance. Here is a list of the things you should do beforehand to prepare for Thanksgiving.
Invite Your Guests
At least three weeks before Thanksgiving, you should have invited those you plan on attending Thanksgiving at your place. After inviting them, you need to give them a week to confirm whether they will be present. This will help you know how much food to prepare and how many places to set.
Set Your Budget
Once you know the confirmed number of guests, you will know how much food you need to purchase. This will help you in setting a budget for the Thanksgiving meal. Do not go overboard on the budget. Set yourself a limit and stick to it. One tip to staying within budget is to use store brand ingredients versus name brand items. Using coupons will also help save on cost.
Check Your Kitchen Supplies and Tools
When you know what you will be cooking and serving for Thanksgiving, take the time to check the kitchen supplies and tools you have to see that you can accurately make everything on the menu. By checking the supplies, you can also go ahead and prep for the dishes you will be making, so you aren’t scrounging around the day of looking for that casserole dish you need.
Prepare Your Home
It may not be time to start cooking just yet. However, there is still plenty to be done. People will be over at your house, and you want it to sparkle. Use the weekend before Thanksgiving to do a deep fall cleaning. Dust, sweep, mop, vacuum, and polish your silverware. With the additional guests, you may also need to move the furniture around during this time.
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You Are Ready For Thanksgiving
With the guests invited, the budget set, groceries bought, supplies ready, and a clean home, your house is set to serve as the venue for this year’s Thanksgiving celebrations. Now, you can focus on just cooking the turkey and delectable sides for the holiday.
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