Countdown to Thanksgiving

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

Early November

Holiday Tabletop with Turkey

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

Thanksgiving Feast Invitation

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

Gatefold Invitation

Checking Temp

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

napkin with forks wrapped on with autumn berry ring

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

Caramel-Pecan French Silk Pie

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

Recipe Center

Turkey Basics Thermometer

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

Zinfandel Cranberry Sauce
Making a Home Cleaning Caddy

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

Tips for Smart and Safe Cleaning

Traditional Pumpkin Pie

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

Perfect Pumpkin Pies

Delicious Pies to Make for Fall

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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

Green Bean Side Dishes

Sweet Potato Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Day

Herb-Rubbed Turkey with Pear Stuffing

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

cutting chicken leg


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