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Tips: Thanksgiving Countdown Plan

Today I'm sharing with you a Thanksgiving Countdown Plan to help us all be completely organized for the biggest meal of the year! 
Thanksgiving is next week!  Here are some great tips to start the countdown to Thanksgiving from Walking on Sunshine Recipes.

Thanksgiving is ONE week from today.
At first I typed the words "two weeks" and realized that Thanksgiving is next week.
I finally started doing some cleaning yesterday, but I really am 
 a little behind on getting everything together, so I thought
 we would focus on a Thanksgiving Countdown Plan for this week's tip. 

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If you haven't done so yet, you're going to want to print out my Thanksgiving Planner HERE. 

Thanksgiving Countdown Plan



Several Days Before:
  • Plan your menu.
  • Place china or dishes you will be using out on the dinning room table or where you plan on sitting down for dinner...don't forget your stemware!
  • Select the serving platters you will be using.  
  • LABEL the serving platters, so you know exactly where everything will go on Thanksgiving.  
  • If you are serving buffet style, get your buffet warming trays out and ready.
  • Take the turkey out to thaw in refrigerator at least 3 days ahead.
1 or 2 Days Before:
  • Wash and chop all veggies for the stuffing or any other necessary side dishes.  Place in a ziplock bag or a small plastic container and store in the refrigerator.
  • Make Cranberry Sauce.  I'm making THIS Crockpot Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe.
  • If you need extra tables or chairs, gather them NOW and put them in the dinning room.  
  • Iron tablecloth and napkins...set table.
Day Before:
  • Assemble any casseroles or dishes to be baked on Thanksgiving day.
  • Make Desserts.  Don't forget to try THIS Pumpkin Pie recipe.
  • Clean and prep the turkey.  You can see my detailed instructions HERE with FREE printable roasting chart. 
  • Prepare stuffing for turkey but do NOT stuff the turkey (refrigerate until morning)
  • Prepare appetizers...dip, mini quiche, etc.  
  • Prepare vegies and slice cheese for appetizers.  Place in a ziplock bag and store in the refrigerator.
Morning of Thanksgiving:
  • Add stuffing to Turkey and cook turkey according to directions.
  • Peel and cut potatoes for mashed potatoes (let set in water until ready to cook)
1-2 Hours before guests arrive:
  • Assemble appetizer trays
  • Make Mashed Potatoes (keep warm on stove top)
  • Bake any side dishes (keep warm on stove top)
  • Steam any fresh vegetables you are serving...green beans, carrots.  
  • Once the turkey is cooked, remove from oven and cover with aluminum foil until you're ready to slice it.  I like to slice my turkey before my guests arrive.  
  • Place the biscuits or rolls on a baking tray and have them ready to go in the oven 30 minutes before serving.
  • Make gravy from drippings.
Roast Turkey on White Platter from Walking on Sunshine Recipes


Don't forget to take a few minutes to relax before everyone arrives. 
 Put some lipstick on.  Make sure you take off your apron.
Light a few candles, put some pretty music on.  
  And most importantly, don't forget to take plenty of photos of your table and the food.  

YES, everyone takes a photo with the turkey on the platter!  








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