With the big day still a few weeks down the road, now's the time to step back and remember what worked last year and what you want to change for this year's celebration.
Make a few plans, write a few lists, and then remember to delegate responsibilities. This slide show has a quick overview of the month. Click on the Thanksgiving Planner link below for a printable checklist.
Two Weeks Before Thanksgiving
Careful preparation is the key to a no-stress holiday. Take this time to check china, tableware, and other supplies. Plan indoor and outdoor holiday decorations.
One Week Ahead
One week to go so it's time to review your recipes (check out our Recipe Center for some ideas) and plan your cooking schedule.
Four Days Ahead
Get major housecleaning out of the way now. Enlist the help of guests with children, asking them to bring games, movies, and toys to keep little ones occupied.
Two Days Ahead
Prepping some food now will make T-Day that much smoother. Decorations should be up and a centerpiece delivered or made.
One Day Ahead
With 24 hours on the clock, you'll have time to prepare any make-ahead dishes, set the table and beverage station, and stock your guest room.
Get that turkey in the oven, delegate specific duties to family members or relatives, and enjoy the meal!
Cleanup is quick and painless if you take it in strategic small steps: fill the dishwasher with glassware and dishes, throw the napkins in the laundry, and send guests home with the leftovers.