Last year we wanted to host a Thanksgiving morning get-together/open house before everyone got started on their other holiday doings. Unfortunately they took out our kitchen in the beginning of Thanksgiving week so we sadly postponed the party.
This year we’re using the same invitations and inviting everyone we can think of (if you didn’t get a personal invitation let me know because you’re invited).
With a nudge from Mavis at One Hundred Dollars a Month I decided I’d better get started because Thanksgiving is only 3 weeks away. Since I had the invitations already designed I thought I was way ahead of the game but apparently I’m not. I printed up invitations (40 copies) for people I see regularly but who don’t really use a computer (which is the bulk of my inner circle). I also posted a similar invitation to my friends (all 20 of them) on Facebook and I’ll email or call the rest.
In the next week I’ll finalize the menu plan. I’m thinking baked pumpkin French toast, quiche or frittata, cranberry turnovers, maybe turkey sliders, coffee, juice, and tea.
After the menu is decided upon I’ll make a grocery list and watch for items to go on sale in the weeks before the holiday. I’m getting a free turkey from my job so I can check that
puppy fowl off the list.
I like to make a preparation timeline for the entire menu so I can focus on preparing some items in advance and when I need to turn the oven on.
All of the above should happen in the next week. On to the second week in the countdown. While I have the sewing station with my full-size ironing board set up in the dining room I’ll iron the table linens that I plan to use both for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
We have plenty of dishes and silverware but I want to check them and make sure they didn’t get dirty or dusty during the renovation. An evening of setting out the dishes and especially coasters would be a good idea. I might need to run a couple of loads in the dishwasher.
I’ve already started cleaning and fancying the downstairs rooms with a combination of autumn décor touched with hints of the impending Christmas season.
The last week is crunch time. Time to do any last minute grocery shopping that didn’t show us as sale items previously. I have already purchased cinnamon brooms and whisks and fresh cranberries at Trader Joe’s.
In the few days before Thanksgiving I’ll prep and cook and enjoy lovely smells in the house anticipating a Thankful Day.
Do you entertain during the holiday season? Family? Friends? Acquaintances?