Thanksgiving Planning & Preparations

We’re edging closer to Thanksgiving and I’m getting excited!  My son has the whole week off school, so it will be great to get to spend that extra time together and lounge around in pajamas longer than usual. We don’t have any plans for the beginning of the week, but we’ll probably have friends over (especially kids whose parents have to head to the office).  Are your kids out that long? 
I mentioned earlier that we’ll be splitting Thanksgiving day into two trips (one to my parents’  house for a morning brunch and then to my sis-n-law’s house for lunch/dinner).  Two big Thanksgiving meals in one day calls for stretchy pants! To those of you hosting this year, I found some useful planners and preparation helpers to assist you in getting ready for the big day.  
Pop Sugar has a Thanksgiving planner that you may want to reference.  It actually starts two weeks out with planning a menu and choosing your turkey, but most of the preparation starts one week before (tomorrow!) 
Whole Foods answers that head-scratching question, “How much to serve?” Leftovers are good, but it’s disappointing for food to go to waste.  

You’ll probably want to start prepping the food ahead of time, especially if you have one oven to work with.  Super Glue Mom shares her tips for prepping the food early so you’re not stressed out the day of. 
And this is so cool- a timetable from All Recipes (links to a short video) for when/how to begin prepping and cooking on Thanksgiving day with built in wine breaks! 🙂 Oh yeah, those are definitely necessary on Thanksgiving!
If you want something full of detail, take a look at Modern Parents Messy Kids FREE 24-Page PDF download.

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On Honey We’re Healthy:  Now is the perfect time to make delicious, hearty lentil soup in the crock pot.  I made it on Sunday and have been enjoying it all week!  This veggie side dish is on heavy rotation around here too.  Everything’s better with bacon. 😉
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  1. November 19, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing these resources. I always host Thanksgiving, and it can be quite a chore to figure out how to schedule everything. Wine breaks are a must!

    • November 21, 2014 / 5:40 pm

      For sure! La Crema chardonnay is a favorite white of mine.

  2. November 20, 2014 / 3:21 am

    Wow, I am so going to use some of these tips. I am cooking for about 10, and found this post very helpful. Thanks for putting all of this in one spot!

    • November 21, 2014 / 5:40 pm

      10! Full house, glad this helps Nicki!

  3. November 20, 2014 / 3:32 pm

    Great post! Love all the links, and the graphics. Thank you!

    • November 21, 2014 / 5:41 pm

      Of course! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving Katie.

  4. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    November 21, 2014 / 3:17 pm

    Such a great post…thanks for assembling these tips in one easy spot!!

    • November 21, 2014 / 5:41 pm

      Enjoy your break Cass!

  5. December 2, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    I'm doing thanksgiving at my house next year so this is an awesome planning tool! Thanks for sharing!


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