The Ultimate Thanksgiving Preparation Checklist


Thanksgiving is the King of table-centered holidays, a time where family members spend hours prepping and preparing meals for a time when their family members and friends will gather around the table to celebrate what they are thankful for. While some might be lucky to bring one side dish or dessert to a Thanksgiving gathering, for others, the holiday takes much more forethought and planning. Here is a helpful list of tasks that you might need to remember as you prepare for the big day.

Two Weeks Before

      Plan menu, making sure to include nutritious whole grains like sorghum
      Finalize guest list
      Order turkey - decide fresh or frozen

One Week Before

      Make grocery list and organize it by section of the store
      Plan cooking schedule
      Plan table setting and centerpieces - consider using sorghum as a decorative element in vases or other table features
      Make a seating chart if necessary
      Wash and iron table linens
      Clear fridge, pantry and kitchen counters to make room for groceries

3-5 Days Before

      Purchase needed groceries, including non-perishable, frozen and fresh items
      If frozen, defrost the turkey
      Deep clean the house and arrange any decorations
      Set aside and clean all necessary utensils, glasses, and dishes
      Set out bread cubes for stuffing if needed. Consider making gluten-free bread using sorghum flour so all your guests can enjoy

One Day Before

      Chop and prep vegetables - store in water in the fridge
      If serving fresh turkey, pick it up from the market
      Make any dishes that can be made ahead of time
      Buy flowers for any table decorations
      Tidy up your house

Thanksgiving Day

      Use cooking timeline to help day run smoothly
      Remove thawed turkey from fridge early morning
      If serving, chill wine
      Make stuffing and gravy
      Reheat any dishes you made ahead
      Set the table
      Enjoy a beverage made with sorghum whiskey or syrup to celebrate a job well done!

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