Having a Thanksgiving Gathering? Here’s your Checklist.

Posted on November 10, 2012. Filed under: Entertaining Tips, Kitchen Cleaning | Tags: |

When you are preparing for a festive gathering such as Thanksgiving dinner, the key to stress-free entertaining is preparation.

Our checklist gives you a few things to do over the next two weeks, so that entertaining isn’t an overwhelming task. Follow our checklist and get ready to enjoy the festivities along with your guests.

2 weeks before

  1. Shop for your non-perishables.Buy everything that you do not need to purchase fresh. This can include canned goods, beverages, spices, and decorations. Shopping 2-3 weeks also has the added benefit of helping you avoid the crowds. Tip – clear space in the your pantry and refrigerator before you go shopping so that you have somewhere to store your items.
  2. Buy your decorations.
  3. Schedule your deep house cleaning.The best time to have your cleaning service perform a detail cleaning is the week before Thanksgiving. It stands to reason that this week is also the busiest time for home cleaning services. Make your appointment now to reserve your space on the schedule.

1 week before

  1. Clean your home.A week before is the best time to clean the home from top to bottom. If you’ve scheduled an appointment with a house cleaning service, this is a task you can easily check off your list. If you haven’t, get your supplies and block off several hours.
  2. Prepare your food.Are there any dishes (or portions of dishes) that you can prepare and freeze ahead of time? Go ahead and get those out of the way.
  3. Polish your silver, and wash the fine china.While you are getting your home cleaned, go ahead and clean your silverware and fine china. Better yet, have your teenagers handle this task.

1 to 3 Days before.

  1. Decorate.If you do not have small children, you can probably set up your decorations several days to a week in advance.
  2. Set up your dining room.Get your table and service areas as close to ready as you can. This provides another opportunity for you to make certain you have enough serving dishes and utensils.
  3. Shop for fresh items.Buy flowers, vegetables or fruit.
  4. Walk-through.The night before, walk through the areas your guests will be visiting to see if there is anything that needs to be cleaned or repaired.

The Night Before

  1. Prepare the food.This is probably when you will be preparing most of your dinner. Our tips will help you keep your kitchen clean while you are cooking.

Before your guests arrive.

  1. Prepare your last minute dishes, making sure to keep your kitchen clean as you do.
  2. Do a last minute walk-through.
  3. Relax, and get ready to enjoy your guests.

I hope this checklist comes in handy as you prepare for Thanksgiving entertaining. Feel free to comment and share your entertaining tips.

What are your secrets for a stress-free gathering?

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