Countdown to Thanksgiving

Let our schedule get you to the big day with energy left over.

Early November

Plan your menu (we have 18 delicious ones to choose from). It's easy to fill your table with the bounty of fall -- choose perfect appetizers, desserts, and every course in between.

Fabulous Thanksgiving Menus

Print a Detailed Thanksgiving Planner

Invite your guests and keep track of who is bringing what on your menu.

Gatefold Invitation

If you're ordering a fresh turkey, do it now.

Turkey Survival Guide

Order your floral centerpieces now or create your own.

Thanksgiving Fruit and Flower Centerpieces

Create a fall wreath.

Fall Wreaths

Two Weeks Ahead

Take an inventory of your tablecloths and napkins. Teach yourself a new way to fold napkins.

Festive Thanksgiving Napkins

Plan and make decorations.

Indoor Decor

Outdoor Decorating

One Week Ahead

Review your recipes. Look for new ones in our Recipe Center.


Check thawing time for frozen turkey.

Turkey: Buying, Handling & Thawing

Two Days Ahead

Chill beverages and mix ingredients for warm drinks like hot cider.

Sparkling Holiday Drinks

Warming Beverages

Heavy housecleaning should be done -- spot-clean any rooms that need it.

Tips for Smart and Safe Cleaning

Make all dishes that can be prepared ahead. Don't forget the pies!

Perfect Pumpkin Pies

Delicious Pies to Make for Fall

Make the side dishes that can be baked ahead of time.

Green Bean Side Dishes

Sweet Potato Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Day

Put turkey in oven and baste every half hour, or as directed in your recipe.

Interactive Roasting Guide

Make gravy and last-minute vegetables.

Rich Pan Gravy for Turkey


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