Preparation Guide to a Successful Thanksgiving
Step 1: Who's Coming?
If you’ve decided to host Thanksgiving this year, now is the time to finalize your guest list. Think about how many people you can accommodate at your table for a sit-down dinner or keep things more casual and invite more guests if you're serving buffet style. There's no need for formal invitations; a phone call or email to friends and family is sufficient. This is the time to ask about dietary preferences and if your great-aunt makes an awesome stuffing that she’d like to bring. This will help you figure out your menu later on.
Step 2: Plan Your Menu
Once you have your head count, now its time for the fun stuff. Pick your favorite turkey recipe today and then plan additional dishes around the bird. If you’re more a fan of side dishes, start with your favorite recipes and build from there. Think about family favorites and Thanksgiving classics to start, then add in a few new dishes. Be sure to also think about drink options and simple bites to serve as guests arrive.
- Main Dishes
Step 3: Shopping Time
Step 4: Ready To Cook
Step 5: Dinner Time