Prepping for the Big Turkey Dinner

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Holiday Organization

The countdown has begun…10 days and counting until Turkey Day!

For anyone who has ever hosted Thanksgiving dinner I don’t have to tell you how much prep work, planning, and timely execution goes into making dinner go off without a hitch.

If this is your first time hosting Thanksgiving, it can seem overwhelming. I remember the first time I hosted…let’s just say there wasn’t enough wine to chill me out from feeling so much pressure to create the perfect meal.

Over the years I’ve learned to relax, enjoy the process, and above all else, be prepared.

Below is my timeline to help you along the way:

1 week before:

Finalize your menu
Confirm guest list
Make your grocery list
Shop for non-perishables

2 days before:

Brine your turkey
Shop for perishable items
Decide seating arrangements
Take out table linens

1 day before:

Prep sides
Set table(s)
Print out menu
Take out serving pieces (and label) 

Thanksgiving Day: 

Put turkey in the oven
Mix cocktails
Prep last minute items
Leave ample time to cook sides

Whether you are hosting a big crowd or a small family meal, you can still make it special. Let people help if they offer. No one expects you to do it alone!  If you are not hosting Thanksgiving, be sure to bring a hostess gift. It doesn’t have to be expensive, a small thoughtful token of appreciation is more than enough.

My last bit of organizing advice: take pictures. Thanksgiving is a time to make memories and enjoy with loved ones. It’s not often when entire families are together so take advantage of it and capture the moment.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Organizing!

Here’s my gang from last year! IMG_1603


Laurie Palau

Laurie Palau is the founder of simply B organized, author of the book HOT MESS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO GETTING ORGANIZED, and host of the weekly podcast, This ORGANIZED Life. She is a go-to Organizing Expert whose advice has been featured in The New York Times Parenting Section, Family Circle, and Home + Table Magazine. Laurie can also be seen sharing tips on 6ABC,CBS Philadelphia’s Morning Show & WFMZ. She lives in Bucks County, PA with her husband, 2 daughters, and 2 dogs.

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