If you aren’t careful getting ready for Thanksgiving can be very stressful. It seems like such a huge task. There are so many things to plan and prepare. Take a deep breath. You can do it. You need to make a plan for what will be done when. It will make things a lot easier.
- Start planning now:
Where will the dinner be? Is there a home where you always have the dinner or does it go to a different family home each year?
How many will be coming? Having a few to a large group can make a difference for you if you let it bother you. Remember that the number is just a number, it’s the people gathering that make the difference.
If at your home, how will the table/tables be arraigned? What room of your home is best suited for your gathering.
- Set a schedule:
What days are free to prepare the house for Thanksgiving? Use those days to start rearranging furniture if necessary.
What days will you be grocery shopping? Plan what you can buy ahead. Start grocery lists for each week with what you can buy.
What days will you get table decorations? Do you usually buy a floral piece for the center of the table? Start looking at what your local florist has. Talk with them about what you are looking for, the size and amount of money you would like to spend.
When can you start preparing the foods that can be done ahead of time? Depending on what you are making, you can make somethings a day or two ahead. This will take some of the stress away for you.
What time are you planning on dinner to be eaten? Once you know that you can look at what cooking you will be doing and the time it takes to prepare and cook.
- Plan the menu:
What do you want at the meal? What are you planning to make? What/who are you asking for the extra foods?
- Plan activities or crafts for kids when you need time to take care of something:
Have the kids make table decorations, Have the kids make place cards for the table.
- Schedule shopping times for food:
Make a complete list of what you need. Look at recipes make sure you have everything. Start buying the canned goods now to save time later.
- Schedule times for cleaning:
Start in the beginning of the month for the heavy-duty things you need to have done. Keep up each week with normal cleaning. The day before just a quick run through. Spot wash floors – leave a thorough washing until after the celebration
- Schedule downtime to rest:
Each day you need some me time. The day before take a little extra me time to reflect on what is ready and what needs to be done. On Thanksgiving start cooking the things that will take a long time or can be done ahead.
Stop and take a relaxing bath or sit in your favorite chair and read for an hour.