SEVERAL WEEKS BEFORE THANKSGIVING:
Table (one large enough for all your guests)
Dishware (Dinner plates, Dessert plates, Coffee cups and saucers
Silverware (Polished forks, knives and spoons)
Glassware (Water glasses and Clean wine glasses)
Linens(Clean napkins and Tablecloth, large enough to fit your table)
Cooking and serving items (Roasting pan: Is it the right size for your turkey? Will it fit into your oven? Don't laugh: It's easier to buy the right pan today than it will be on Thanksgiving morning. Bowls, pots and pans.
Digital thermometer, if you do not own one you, must have one to cook a perfect Turkey!!
Prepare a grocery list by dividing it into two parts ?
(1) items that can be purchased immediately, and
(2) items that need to be bought the day before Thanksgiving.
Serving platters…try labeling with post-it notes. So you, and whomever will be helping you, will know what each platter will be used for.
Sharpened knives, yes you should get them sharpened!!
Coffeepot--Can yours make both regular and decaf for a crowd? Maybe you should get a thermos.
Decorate your home for the holiday.
Make a final shopping list. (Remember ice, cream for the coffee and nuts and other snacks for nibbling in the living room).
Confirm the number of guests who will be attending the holiday dinner.
1 DAY TILL:
Make the stuffing in the morning and stuff the turkey right before it's ready to go in the oven.
Roast the turkey.
Warm prepared side dishes.
Have a great Thanksgiving!