Host a Fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner

Host a Fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner

Check list and countdown to throwing a Fabulous, Elegant, and Organized Thanksgiving Dinner!

FOUR WEEKS OUT:

  • Send out invitations. This is important because it will set the tone for your dinner. (Email invitations, create a Facebook event, or mail invitations)

THREE – TWO WEEKS:

  • Order Turkey
  • Book any services that you will want to have done before the big dinner! Such as a manicure, eyelash tint, or hair appointment!
  • Schedule a cleaning service to come two days before your dinner.

TWO WEEKS:

  • Do you have enough table space and chairs?
  • Tablecloths and napkins (Do they need to be sent to a dry cleaner? Ironed?)
  • Do you need to buy/rent any charger plates, dishes, stemware, cutlery, candle holders or vases?
  • Start working on your music play list.
  • Purchase Wine. Pinot noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc are nice choices to serve with turkey.
  • If kids are coming to dinner make sure to plan activities to keep them entertained.

ONE WEEK:

  • Start collecting decorations. (Apples, pears, little pumpkins and gourds. Tall candles and small votive candles)
  • Order flower arrangement.
  • Create name cards if having assigned seats.
  • Make a grocery list.
  • Decide what you will be wearing as host/hostess (Make sure everything is clean and ready)

TWO DAYS:

  • Buy groceries.
  • Buy a few large pumpkins. You can carve them out and fill with ice to chill the wine and other beverages. You can also place potted flowers in the pumpkins or serve soup. One last idea and my favorite; cut an extra small hole at the bottom front and pull the spout from a wine bag though. You can spray paint the pumpkins and use stencils too!
  • Prepare entertaining area. Hire a cleaning service or clean it yourself. Clear all clutter from the entertaining space.
  • Prepare the bathroom. Remove all personal items from the countertops. Decorate with a nice candle, a nice clean bottle of hand soup. Make sure there is a clean towel to dry hands. Place an extra roll of toilet paper in sight.
  • Make sure you have coasters to protect your coffee table and end tables. Spray stain prevention on fabric upholstery.
  • Move furniture around to create more space if needed

DAY BEFORE:

  • Pick up pre ordered turkey.
  • Pick up a few extra bags of ice.
  • Set up the table with the tablecloth and place settings. Make sure there is a chair for every plate. Also make sure you set the table properly. (Forks go to the left of the plate in order in which you will use them with the first one furthest out. For example; salad fork, entrée fork then plate. Knives and spoons go to the right of the plate; with knives closest to the plate and blade facing in. Dessert utensils lay horizontally across the top. Spoon on top with its handle to the right; fork or knife with the handle to the left.)
  • Decorate the table
  • Cook or prepare anything that can be just warmed up tomorrow. (For example, appetizers, mashed potatoes and desserts)

EVENING BEFORE:

  • Prepare and brine the unfrozen turkey (Self-basting and kosher turkeys do not need to be brined).

MORNING OF:

  • Turn up the tunes!
  • Chill Wine (Use a cooler if you are running out of room in your fridge – This cooler can be used later also if guests bring their own drinks.)
  • Prepare and double check how long the turkey needs to be cooked.
  • Make stuffing, appetizers and other side dishes so that they are ready for later.

AFTERNOON OF:

  • Prepare a system for after dinner clean up. Make sure the dishwasher, sink, green bin/compost bag and garbage are empty!
  • Time for you to get ready!

30 MINUTES BEFORE GUESTS ARRIVE:

  • Light some candles.
  • Pour yourself a glass of wine and relax.

SOME EXTRA TIPS

  • If you have a dry and/or over cooked turkey; cut the whole breast and dark meat off the bone. Place in a pan with hot chicken broth then reheat in the oven on a low temperature for 15 minutes.
  • Delegate. People like to help! Assign menu items and tasks.
  • Make sure you ask everyone if they have any food sensitivities
  • If you are using canned cranberry sauce, freshen it up by squeezing some juice from an orange and adding some zest!
  • Use good quality disposable plates, napkins, cutlery and cups if you want to cut back on the dishes after. However, this does create more waste.
  • Contact Prestigious Lifestyle Management and Concierge and have your personal assistant do the running around and preparation for you!