Thanksgiving may be one of the most delightful, fun, and family-filled events of the year, but a holiday like that doesn’t come without its fair share of stress. Here at Home Kitchenary, we’re all about eliminating stress for you! We primarily do this toward kitchen appliance reviews and product reviews in general; we do the research so that you can confidently buy that next thing on your list. However, we know Thanksgiving can be a stressful holiday, so we also try to eliminate stress by making recommendations for more than just products — and today that means your to-do list for Turkey Day!
Read below to learn the nine things we believe you need to have done before that tasty Thursday, and be sure to check out some of our kitchen appliance reviews while you’re here.
Take a Seat
Now, as much as you may want to, we do not mean to imply that now is the time to sit back and relax! Instead, we mean it’s time to look at the seating arrangement. This may seem like something that doesn’t need to happen during the week before Thanksgiving, but when it’s the day of, you don’t want to be worried about who’s sitting next to you. You have a turkey and sides to worry about at that point — so don’t let who your crazy uncle sits next to you be the biggest stressor of the day. Solve it now and eliminate stress later.
Don’t Forget the Kids’ Table
You may not need a proper seating arrangement for the kids’ table, but you’ll certainly need some activities for them to do! Think back to when you went to restaurants as a kid: there was nothing better than that coloring page and crayons. Make your own crafty placemat for them or check out our blog post on Fall Craft Ideas to Keep Everyone Entertained This Thanksgiving.
Go for Groceries
You’ll want to make your entire grocery list at this point. We recommend organizing your list by category so that your shopping experience is as seamless as possible. You could go ahead and go grocery shopping now, but we would only recommend that for your nonperishable items. We would also recommend you take something off your plate (it’ll save room for more stuffing later!) by doing contactless grocery pick-up. You’re making the list right now anyway, so why no plug it into your local grocer’s online shopping form and have someone else do the heavy lifting for you?
Make Some Pour Decisions
While you’re making your grocery list, it’s also time to determine the adult drinks. You’ll want a variety of red and white wines, but do some research on what’s going to go best with what and go ahead and order your wine now. If you know that you want a dessert drink, then plan that now as well. And don’t forget to get your white wines chilled in time for the actual day!
Get Festive With Decor
From the entryway to the dining room and beyond, you’ll want all of your Thanksgiving decor perfectly festive for your celebration. The walk up your sidewalk to the front door is an essential part of this look, so start on the outside and move in. You’ll want pumpkins, chrysanthemums, and a wreath adorning your door area, and a welcome sign for your party is always a nice touch!
Inside, make it a Thanksgiving wonderland! There can never be a shortage of pumpkin-inspired decorations, so go to town.
Speaking of decorating your home for Thanksgiving, you can’t forget the centerpieces for your tables. If you haven’t yet ordered flowers for Thanksgiving, then now is the time to place an order with your local florist. Make sure you have a plan for table runners and tablecloths, candles, miscellaneous decor, and more.
Clean, Clean, Clean
Now that you have a plan for everything, it’s time to clean. There are a few items on this list that you may surely think can wait until later, but later will be full of cooking more dishes than you do at any other time of the year. Do the parts of cleaning that will stay mostly good until next week: removing clutter from kitchen counters, dusting, cleaning those nooks and crannies that won’t get messed up before the big day, etc. The more you do now, the lighter the cleaning will be later!
Make a Cooking Schedule
Last but not least, make a cooking schedule. Now, if you think we’re coming out of left field here, then you must’ve never cooked all the meals in one kitchen. Even if family or friends are coming over with some of the dishes already prepared, they’ll still need to be heated up. And in order to cook those delicious side dishes or heat up the arriving dishes, you’ll need a free oven at some point — and that oven is likely full of turkey! Make a plan now so that you know what you can make ahead of time and when everything will be cooked.
Kitchen Appliance Reviews
Here at Home Kitchenary, we’re your go-to source for kitchen appliance reviews. If you’re thinking about deep frying your turkey this year, then check out Here’s How to Choose the Best Deep Fryer. Considering smoking your turkey? Never fear: 12 Best Electric Smokers For 2021 – Buyer’s Guide. And, of course, you can check out Simplify Thanksgiving With These 14 Kitchen Appliances for a concise list of some of the kitchen appliances you’ll need!
Next time you’re in the market for some new products for your kitchen, don’t start shopping until you have read our kitchen appliance reviews! Don’t see the reviews you’re looking for? Leave us a comment saying what product we should cover next!