Our easy to follow guide for hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time!
Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time can be stressful. As a first-time host, you want to make sure that everything goes as planned. Check out our Thanksgiving Planning Checklist and get ready to impress your guests. Warning: You may be asked to host again next year!
Our Thanksgiving Dinner Checklist includes:
Make sure you get a final head count of guests and start planning your menu. If you want your guests to bring something, make sure you discuss with each person. You’ll then want to decide if you will serve buffet-style or a sit-down dinner.
Reserve your bird two weeks in advance
Thaw your turkey three days before. Allow a full day for every four pounds of turkey being thawed.
Clean the kitchen the weekend before and make the cranberry sauce.
If baking a pie from scratch, make your pie dough two days before and refrigerate it.
The day before Thanksgiving is when you’ll want to trim and peel your carrots, make cheese crackers and make your pie. Wrap your pies in plastic and keep at room temperature.
You will want to bring your turkey to room temperature and start roasting 3 ½ hours before your guests arrive.
Two hours before your dinner, you can bake your potatoes, cook your green beans and assemble your stuffing.
One hour before dinner starts, set out your cheese crackers and any appetizers that you may be offering. Then, 30 minutes before, put your stuffing in the oven, cook your carrots and make your gravy!
Now you can sit back and enjoy your Thanksgiving Day dinner! For more helpful tips, check out Martha Stewart’s Foolproof Plan for your First Thanksgiving.
Until next week,
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