Keep on schedule (and even work ahead) during the week before the holiday with this free Thanksgiving week checklist printable and time management tips.
So guys, I know I’m publishing more articles than normal lately but I hope you will bear with me since I just have so.many.good.things to share with you all during these holiday months! I want to make sure you get new recipes to try, gifts to make (or buy) now to get a bit ahead of the Christmas rush, don’t miss out on special deals like the free Mrs. Meyers cleaning products, and find decorating ideas in enough time to use them. Whew.
And with the 8 Weeks of Christmas Ideas series, there is even more to come (think cookies, ornaments, and decorating). But it’s a fun time, isn’t it? I hope you always know you can just take what is interesting to you and leave the rest – I just want to keep providing useful things with the goal of helping you to simply enjoy your life.
And while plying you with lots of information may not seem simple, each and every article I share has a goal to make your life better in some way. Like this little printable I made for the week before the American Thanksgiving holiday.
SO many times through the years, even when I’m not hosting, I’ve wondered what I could/should be doing in the days before the big dinner, so I started writing down some ideas and decided to put it all together in an easy-to-read checklist format for you to download.
Talk about time-management help – here are the things you can be doing to prepare now so you can enjoy the actual holiday a little more. I’ve even included a sample timeline for cooking your turkey because that’s always the biggest thing I worry about figuring out: how to get everything done at once and on the table?
Thanksgiving Time Management Tips
Here are just a few of my tried-and-true time management tips for Thanksgiving (or any time I entertain actually):
- Select & shop for recipes early and write down a menu (even if it’s only for you). That way you can check that everything you made early actually makes in onto the table (yep – I’ve forgotten the cranberry sauce in the back of the fridge…).
- Don’t over-do the table. Candles and dried leaves are perfect – anything else should just be something you enjoy doing.
- Prep as much in advance as possible. Follow this printable and make rolls, desserts, cranberry sauce, and more days in advance and freeze. Cut any vegetables you need on the big day the day before and store them in the dishes you’ll serve them in.
- Set the table the day before (though the morning of is good, too).
- Wash kitchen items as you use them and run the dishwasher if needed early so it’s empty for the dinner dishes.
- Put someone in charge of drinks before and during dinner and coffee after.
I’ve included many of these tips into this printable checklist for Thanksgiving week – all you have to do is click the image below to open in a new window and then right-click to save to your desktop, print it out and start checking things off the list!
I hope this list and tips helps you and your family to have a blessed and relaxing holiday! If you’re looking for recipe and easy decor ideas, be sure to check out this page dedicated to all things Thanksgiving – even recipes for leftovers! (Tip: pin the image on the page since I update this page yearly.)
I’d like to take a minute in the spirit of the holiday to let you know how thankful I am that you take the time to stop by, read, and leave comments, helping to make our little community what it is – and allowing me to run this website as my job. I am blessed by you!
And a little reminder if you’d like some free Mrs. Meyer’s cleaners, you only have until the 21st to grab this deal:
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