Monday, October 31, 2022

9 Tips For Planning The Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

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Thanksgiving is a time to come together and give thanks for all that we have. It's also a time to enjoy fabulous food! If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, you might be feeling a little bit overwhelmed at the thought of cooking a big meal. But don't worry; this article is here to help!

Here Are Some Tips For Planning The Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner:

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1. Decide on a menu.

What are you going to make? Will you be cooking the whole meal or just some of it? Do you want to try something new or stick with tried-and-true favorites? Make a list of all the dishes you'll be making, including any side dishes, appetizers, and desserts.

2. Make a grocery list.

Once you know what you'll be making, write out a complete grocery list of everything you'll need. Don't forget things like seasonings, condiments, and other ingredients you might need. One item we've added to our menu is a bit unusual and very well loved: click here for an easy recipe for potato soup.

3. Start prepping ahead of time.

The day before Thanksgiving is usually pretty hectic, so it's best to start prepping as much as you can in advance. Peel and chop vegetables, make stuffing or dressing, bake pies, and do anything else you can to get a head start.

4. Set the table.

One less thing to worry about on Thanksgiving day is setting the table. Get all of your dishes, silverware, glasses, and napkins ready the night before, so everything is just waiting to be used. In addition, decide on a centerpiece and put it in place.

5. Make sure you have enough food.

It's always better to have too much food than not enough, so err on the side of caution when making your grocery list. If you're unsure about how much to make of something, go ahead and make a little extra, just in case.

6. Give yourself enough time.

Don't wait until the last minute to start cooking! Start prepping a few days in advance so that you're not feeling stressed on Thanksgiving day. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to cook everything properly.

7. Delegate tasks.

Thanksgiving is a team effort! Enlist the help of your friends and family members in getting everything ready. Assign tasks like setting the table, making side dishes, or carving the turkey.

8. Don't forget the dessert!

What's Thanksgiving without a delicious dessert? So plan ahead and make sure you have all the ingredients you need for your favorite pies or cakes. In addition, consider making some festive Thanksgiving-themed desserts like pumpkin spice cookies or turkey cupcakes.

9. Relax and enjoy yourself!

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a fun and festive holiday, so don't stress yourself out too much in the kitchen. Instead, delegate tasks to others if possible, and take some time to enjoy the company of your family and friends.

In Conclusion

Thanksgiving is a great time to get together with friends and family and enjoy some delicious food. By following these tips, you can make sure that your Thanksgiving dinner is a success!


  1. We don't do the traditional Thanksgiving meal anymore, but this step my step works for every meal.

    Have a fabulous day and week, my friend. ♥

  2. "Start prepping ahead of time." This! My kids have started as early as the day before to prep, so everything is ready to pop into the oven. I look forward to doing the same this year.

  3. I am cooking for just me and my son this year. I'm trying to decide what to do. It is almost worth going out to eat and not cooking a huge fancy dinner.

  4. I have to pay more attention to number 6 - give yourself enough time lol. I sometimes don't allow buffer time for when things don't go exactly as planned.

  5. I always look forward to spending time with family on Thanksgiving. I'm not even sure about this year yet though. We have less family that can get together, so I may just have a small one at home this year.

  6. My DiL was mentioning that she wanted to suggest an all sides dinner instead of turkey at their place, since usually it' always the sides that gets piled up! Good list for a smooth Thanksgiving dinner though!

  7. These are all really great and amazing tips! I’m surely going to keep these in mind! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  8. I agree Thanksgiving is a team effort :) Thanks for these helpful tips ❤️ I'd love to have a good time with my family and friends, nothing else๐Ÿ™‚.

    Everything Enchanting ❤️

  9. I will follow all of these steps, it will make thanksgiving easy and stressless.

  10. We usually let Jason do the turkey and he never gives himself enough time. We always have to eat side dishes while we wait for the turkey to finish.

  11. Thanksgiving meal always takes some planning.

  12. These are great tips I do follow a few of them to make my thanksgiving less stress and having more time to spend with family.

  13. It's my sister-in-law who always hosts Thanksgiving. We just bring dessert to share. -LYNNDEE


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