Remember: 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.
2. Make sure your knives are sharpened before you start. Food preparation can be dangerous and time consuming and you don't want to get stuck in the kitchen cooking one of the biggest meals of the year with dull, difficult-to-handle knives.
3. If people are bringing food to your dinner write who is bringing what as well. This will save people from bringing the same side and help you get a sense of if you have enough food to feed your guests. Once you have a sense of what you need to prepare yourself, make sure you have all the ingredients, the last thing you need to be doing is running to the store the day before Thanksgiving looking for some specialty ingredient that people suspect you’ve made up.
Remember: Monday is a holiday so do your grocery shopping early!
4. Do a dry run of your table layout. Is it big enough? Do you have enough chairs? Will you need an extension? Will it fit the sides or should you put them somewhere else? Do you have enough cutlery for everyone?
5. Test out recipes you haven’t tried before on yourself or your more forgiving family members. You’ll be glad you did, even if they aren’t!