Let’s face it, when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner there are two types of people: those who eat the dinner and those who cook the dinner. For those folks in the latter category pulling off a successful Thanksgiving event requires preparation; you can’t just wish for a good dinner! Besides everybody knows all the real wishes take place on the wishing bone. Getting ready for Thanksgiving can be helped by putting together a preparation list. Here’s what you need to be thinking about:
The cooking: this is obviously the reason why everyone gets together for Thanksgiving; that big turkey dinner. The planning for this meal should begin at least several weeks in advance by putting together a menu and writing out a comprehensive shopping list. The more grocery shopping you can do before the event the better off you’ll be. A trend has developed in recent years where major grocery stores are open on Thanksgiving Day to accommodate all the last minute frantic shoppers. You definitely don’t want to be in that category!
The guest list: picking which friends and family to have over for Thanksgiving dinner is easy but you might want to go beyond that list and reach out to someone who might not be fortunate enough to have a family around to spend the holiday with. Perhaps there is a neighbor who doesn’t have anywhere to go that you could invite into your home for dinner. Not only should we be thankful for our blessings but we should also consider sharing them as well.
Setting the table: putting out the plates and silverware is easy. This could even be accomplished several days in advance and would allow you to check that off your to do list. Once you do set your table you can see what’s missing in terms of centerpieces or candles. Keep in mind that no matter how brilliant a centerpiece might look if it’s going to get in the way of a casserole or the bird it’s got to go! This year you might also consider name cards for your guests so everyone knows where they’ll be sitting and there will be a mad scramble for seats.
Cleaning up: obviously you want to clean the house before guests arrive but it shouldn’t just be about dusting and vacuuming. This is a perfect opportunity to get some junk out of your home that can open up spaces and provide more room for you and your guests. This matters the most if you are having friends or family stay over for the weekend and need to accommodate them in a spare room. Instead of cramming them into your family storage space why not get rid of all that junk by hiring professional junk haulers like Junk King San Antonio? These crews can show up on your schedule and clear out the clutter to make way for your guests. If home is where the heart is then you want to make sure your home is junk free!