Preparing for Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. If you’re not quite ready yet, don’t worry, that’s why we’re here. Thanksgiving, as with any dinner party, last-minute tasks have a way of sneaking up on you and really gobbling up your time. This is why it’s so helpful to get as much as you can done in advance —
Thanksgiving, in its silly pressure and sheer scale, is nevertheless a very good opportunity to break a dinner down from beginning to end, planning what is made when and what can be done ahead. The point, ultimately, is not just to do Thanksgiving like a pro, but to carry these skills into everyday cooking and preparing a neat and clean home!
Even if you’ve done a lot of the heavy lifting ahead of time, it’s helpful to have a schedule of how the day will play out and what needs to happen when, especially when it comes to dishes that have to go in the oven.
So, let us start and discuss further on what should be done on or before the big celebration for Thanksgiving Day.
Smart Tips to Help You Prepare for Thanksgiving
Check your cookware and kitchen tools. In addition to planning your menu, it’s just as important to make sure you have all the cookware and kitchen tools you’ll need to prepare dinner. Do you need a roasting pan, more pie dishes, or a meat thermometer?
Get ready to start thawing your turkey. If your turkey is frozen, it’s time to start thinking about thawing it. A completely frozen turkey needs a day to thaw for every four pounds in weight. And if you plan to brine your turkey, it needs to be defrosted one day sooner.
Know how to cook your turkey without a roasting pan.
A roasting pan can be an expensive piece of cookware to buy, considering it only gets used a couple times a year, at best. If you don’t have one and are still unsure about buying one, relax — there are plenty of ways to cook your bird without one.
Salads: Shake Up That Dressing
Of course you can’t toss a salad together today for Thanksgiving, but there are plenty of other things to take care of. Make the dressings (but add any fresh ingredients like garlic or herbs at the last minute), cut up bread and freeze it for croutons, or toast or candy the nuts.
Drinks: Make a Fancy Cocktail a Reality Finally, cocktail hour and post dinner drinks should not be neglected. Make your simple syrup now or take it one step further and infuse it with warm winter spices. Or throw a few cinnamon sticks or cloves in a bottle of bourbon or aged rum to spice things up!
There you have it! Preparation Tips for Your Special Event that comes with FOOD.
Next thing that you will be worrying about is the cleanliness of your home before and after the celebration of Thanksgiving.
A Holiday Clean-up Countdown to be Thankful For
If you’re hosting this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll be far too busy basting turkey to do a detailed holiday clean the day of the meal. However, you don’t want your friends and family to think you have a messy home. What’s a host to do?
What you need to get your house ready for Thanksgiving is a holiday cleaning timeline to help you prepare for guests. Let the countdown to the biggest meal of the year begin!
Today you’ll prepare for cleaning. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
Walk your home to see if there are any major problem areas that need to be addressed.
Take inventory of your cleaning supplies to make sure you have everything you need for the coming days.
Think about what guests will see when considering which parts of your home a holiday clean should involve. They won’t be rummaging through your closets or hanging out in your bedroom, so the places you’ll need to give attention to when preparing for guests are: mudrooms and entryways, living room and dining room, bathroom, kitchen and guest bedrooms if you have overnight visitors.
A full kitchen cleaning takes some time, so it’s best to handle it on the weekend.
Make sure your stovetop and oven are shining and ready for the upcoming Thanksgiving Day action.
Wash your kitchen countertops and wipe down cupboards, back splashes and the refrigerator door.
Go ahead and give special dishes and flatware a holiday clean.
If you’ll be hosting out-of-towners, today’s the day you’ll need to start deep home cleaning.
Tidy up guest rooms by dusting and vacuuming.
Check your guest linens and wash sheets and towels that need freshening up. While you’re doing laundry, you may as well pull out your Thanksgiving tablecloth and wash and iron it, too.
Pull the door closed after you’ve completed your holiday clean of the guest rooms. This way the room stays neat — and free of any pet hair — until your visitors arrive.
Things get fun before Thanksgiving dinner because you would also need to prepare the cleanliness of your bathroom.
Make bathrooms sparkle with a thorough cleaning.
Stock them with toilet paper, hand soap, tissues and clean hand towels.
Dust any other rooms guests will see, making sure light fixtures, ceiling fans and blinds are clean.
Check to be certain there aren’t any cobwebs dangling from corners.
Sweep up porches, driveways and sidewalks before making your way inside to clean the floors in mudrooms and entryways.
Clear out some closet space for coats and purses when preparing for guests.
Vacuum throughout the house and clean windows and glass surfaces.
You’ll be doing plenty of cooking and cleaning as you go today, so you want to keep the rest of your chores light.
Wipe down your dining room tables and chairs.
1 Make sure you don’t forget about table leaves when preparing for guests.
2 Do some final spot cleaning before friends and family arrive.
Preparing for guests can be one of the most stressful aspects of the holiday. However, if you have a solid plan in place, you should be able to complete your holiday clean and welcome visitors to a tidy home.
Before Dinner Thanksgiving
Your Thanksgiving cleaning will be a bit more intense before dinner than after, as you’ll need to start cooking and you want to have your home ready to welcome guests. The following checklist can help you plan accordingly.
Wash holiday-specific items such as cloth napkins, tablecloths, place mats, special dishes and silverware.
Clean and organize your kitchen so that it’s ready for guests and also prepared for the massive amount of cooking it will soon see. Check the inside of the fridge to be sure there’s ample room to hold all your ingredients before you cook, and plenty of room for leftovers afterwards.
Before guests arrive, dust and vacuum common areas like your living room and dining room. Ensure that there’s plenty of seating for guests by stashing those bulky throw pillows and setting out extra chairs. Washing the windows should definitely be part of your Thanksgiving cleaning routine, so make sure that glass is streak-free and shining.
Wipe down your dining room table and any leaves you’ll be installing before guests arrive. If your dishes are ready, you can go ahead and set the table, too.
Sweep or vacuum porches, mudrooms and foyers before guests arrive. You may also want to take time in your Thanksgiving cleaning to blow the leaves off your driveway and sidewalk so that the first thing your guests see is a clean, welcoming pathway.
After Dinner Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving cleaning is always much simpler after dinner and, hopefully, you’ll have one or more guest offer to help you with clean-up. The key to getting everything done quickly is to divide and conquer.
Here’s a Thanksgiving checklist of tasks you and your helpers will need to tackle:
Packing leftovers into take-home containers or plastic food-storage bins
Collecting glasses, plates and silverware and loading the dishwasher
Clearing napkins from the table and wiping the tabletop down
Washing the dishes the dishwasher can’t hold
Wiping down the stovetop, backsplash an countertops
Sweeping the dining room, living room and kitchen
Don’t let Thanksgiving cleaning stress you out. Plan ahead and know what to expect before and after dinner, and you’ll be wowing your guests with the calm and grace you display while hosting this major holiday event.
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