First Thing in the Morning Wednesday:
Avoid feeling rushed by getting as much done on Wednesday, leaving only the cooking for Thanksgiving Day.
- If you only have time to deep-clean one room, make it the bathroom; then do other rooms later in the day if there's time.
- If you have clutter, simply put it in a box (or two), then stash it in the garage or a room that won’t be in use.
- Do a quick straightening of chairs, couch cushions, and pillows, and then vacuum. (Unless you’re house is in desperate need, skip the dusting.)
Make a Grocery List
- Think about what you are going to make from scratch and what you are buying pre-made.
- Check recipes to make sure you have all the ingredients you need on the list.
- Don't forget the extras: flowers, candles, matches (see sidebar for centerpiece ideas), wine, etc.
First, arrange your centerpiece and put any finishing touches on your dining room table--then, it's all about the cooking. Do so at your leisure and plan to eat your meal in the evening, giving yourself some well-deserved time to relax and enjoy spending time with your guests.
You won't miss a thing if you consult the rest of your to-do list:
- Set out dips, veggies, crackers, etc.
- Chill or open wine.
- Prepare main dish.
- Mash potatoes.
- Make gravy.
- Toss salad.
- Warm dinner rolls.
- Whip cream for dessert.
- Heat cider, make coffee.