Make Your Lists: First step with this is to create your menu; keeping in mind if any of your guests are bringing a dish. With an already long list of items to buy, your list will help keep you on track. Making sure nothing is forgotten and ensures that you’re not purchasing duplicate items, or something that won’t get used.
Once your shopping list is set, create your schedule for the big day – including cooking times! Additionally, you’ll want to touch base with the guests who are bringing dishes. Doing this prior to the big day will help make sure all the bases are covered and nothing is forgotten.
Prepare Your Kitchen: Now that your lists are prepared, it’s time to move on to preparing your kitchen! This is arguably the busiest day your kitchen will see for the year so it’s imperative you give it special attention ahead of time. Organize your pantry, clean the fridge – make sure there’s enough room for Thanksgiving food and dishes!
If you’re making a dish you’ve never made before, now is the time to make sure you have all the tools that you need! There’s nothing worse than starting a dish and realizing you’re missing something and then getting stuck.
Prepare Your Guest Room: Hopefully at this point you know if you are expecting any overnight guests and if so, how many. If your apartment has a guest room (or if your kids are bunking together for the night) now is the time to get everything in order. Change the bed linens if they’ve been used recently, vacuum, clean the windows and curtains. If you think any of your guests require something special, ask them ahead of time so you’re prepared to make their stay more comfortable.
Work on Your Dining Room: Right after the kitchen, this room will see the most action throughout the course of the holiday. The dining room is much more than the table and chairs. Take into consideration table linens, place settings, and tablescape.
If you’re going to use the good china and silver, take them out ahead of time as they will need special attention and prep work. Take inventory of your chairs, do you have enough or will you need more? Is a kids table in order, or will they be sitting with the adults? Next, take into consideration your tablescape and decorations. Do you need to purchase any decorations? Consider picking up real mini pumpkins and guards, they’ll add a nice touch to your décor and you can toss them out at the end of the season rather than pack away more things.
We hope you found these tips helpful; apply them to your home today and see how much they help you in preparation of the big day.
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