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  • 3-4 Weeks Prior
    • Determine your dinner menu.
    • Create a list of everything you’ll need to purchase and gather.
    • Send invitations.
    • If you need to place a special order for a smoked turkey or honey-baked ham, place it now.
    • Map out roles for event helpers and delegate by asking for their assistance before your dinner.
    • Start making holiday decorations for your home, if you desire.
  • 2 Weeks Prior
    • Finalize your shopping list.
    • Make or purchase your centerpiece Buy candles, if needed.
    • Verify dinner guests and what they are bringing (if anything).
    • Place an order with your local bakery for rolls, pumpkin or other varieties of pies.
    • Check your equipment, confirm you have enough for all your guests.
  • 1 Week Prior
    • Do your grocery shopping a week ahead of time to help avoid the rush.
    • Defrost your turkey (if it’s frozen).
    • Call any guests who have not responded.
    • Make party costume or select outfit.
  • 1 Day Prior
    • Clean your house.
    • Decorate your house with holiday decorations.
    • Settle on a seating arrangement and make place cards.
    • Make and refrigerate any dishes that you can.
  • Morning of Dinner
    • Eat breakfast.
    • Plan out and coordinate timing of dinner items so all are completed at the same time.
    • Be sure to put the turkey in the oven early.
    • Set the table.
    • Dress in party outfit.
  • When Dinner Begins
    • Greet guests and invite them into your home.
    • Lay out the food and beverages.
    • Light candles.

Thanksgiving Checklist
  Sherry M. Lewis

on December 25, 2011

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