That’s right! Thanksgiving is only A WEEK AWAY! Are you ready?
I spent the better part of the day making my game plan, and I am sharing it with you. Hopefully, it will help you to be prepared for your big day and help you so that you can enjoy the benefit of a well-planned day. That equates to a more relaxed less hectic, happier you.
I started by mapping out each task as a post-it note vision board
Why I Love Thanksgiving by Mary Lovely:
- It is seriously my very FAV holiday for a handful reasons:
- My Michael and I usually host which makes me dance a jig in and of itself.
- Thanksgiving affords me the opportunity to channel my creativity in so many of my favorite ways: Cooking, table setting, floral design, entertaining.
- It is a day which brings many of the people I love the most together around the table.
- Gratitude is one of the best mindsets
- Oh! And it doesn’t hurt that we all get a hall pass to eat a lot of really good food.
- Are you ready?
I am a list-maker. Ask my bestie, Clare. She and I have been creating lists since we were around fourteen. We delight in crossing things off the list. Hosting is an undertaking, no matter whether it is a small group or large. Breaking down the tasks and to-dos makes the process feel manageable. We feel less overwhelmed as each check mark appears.
Here is my countdown list. Maybe it will help you and inspire you. Did I forget anything?
See below for a typed list
In case you cannot read my turkey-scratch…
Thursday: Order your turkey, order flower arrangement (if you are not arranging your own), grocery shop for non-perishables, plan how you will set the table (take an inventory of dishes, silverware, stemware)
Friday: “Boss people around” (ibid)! Delgate who will bring what, pick up any odds and ends for decorating (pumpkins, gourds, placecards, etc)
Saturday: Pick up the turkey (if you ordered a frozen one) and depending on the size, start defrosting in the fridge, launder and press the linens, make place-cards
Sunday: Set the table, allocate your serving dishes (huge time and stress saver), write heating instructions on post-its,
Monday: Clean the house, shop for perishables, make stuffing, pick up the turkey (if you ordered a fresh one
Tuesday: Pick up flowers if you are making your own arrangements, make said arrangements get a mani-pedi (a hostess likes to look good)
Wednesday: Cut up and veggies, make your stuffing, make your hors d’oeuvres, brine the turkey
TURKEY DAY; Put the turkey on (My bird is going in the oven at 5:00AM), cook the veggies (you can cook the day before but the day of is ideal), watch the Macy’s Day Parade with coffee,
OH- I added one more idea! Print out your recipes in advance!
PUT YOUR FAT PANTS ON!
Sparkle On, Friends!