Holiday Special: Tackling Turkey Day

Is it your first year hosting Thanksgiving dinner? Or are you simply helping the folks prepare? Here are a few tips to make Thanksgiving dinner easy breezy and stress-free:

  • Confirm your guest list before you go shopping.
  • Figure out what size turkey you need for your group. Figure 2 pounds per person. For instance, 10 people = 20 pound turkey.
  • Pick your recipes and prepare your shopping lists ASAP.
  • Go shopping for all non-perishable goods this weekend and buy the turkey too.
  • Start defrosting the turkey three to four days ahead of time depending on the weight.
  • It’s a good idea to set the table a few days before. Check out the photos I included below for place setting inspiration.
  • The day before Thanksgiving: Go shopping for all perishable goods. Prepare all sauces, soups and vegetable plates too. If you have time, prep dessert as well.
  • On the day of Thanksgiving: Cook the turkey, make the stuffing and finish preparing all plates. Things may (and most likely will) go wrong so be prepared for slipups and take it all with a grain of salt. Mistakes will happen and it’s up to you to make the best of them.


I hope you found these tips helpful. If you have any useful tips, share them in the comments below.

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XO Lauren

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Photos: Itswrittenonthewalls, Brittanystiles, Mochatini, Mochatini, CountryLiving, Besthomeinteriordesign