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Great preparations for Thanksgiving

By Charles Hopkins Published 10/14/2006 | Social Issues

Dont just run through everything in haste. It is Thanksgiving Day and is, of course, to be celebrated in the perfect way. If you have already begun the countdown, at least a couple of weeks prior to the final hour you can, in fact, only then prepare things exactly the way you want.

The party you are planning for Thanksgiving Day will definitely be a feast with food and frolic and filled with the spirit of amusement. Will all this happen smoothly, without any solid preparation? Everything cannot be taken for granted. It is not like your wedding anniversary, where you gave your spouse an excuse for arriving home late, but this is still a very big event and you are going to be hosting a big gathering.

The preparation layout to give you ease

Who are you going to call for the party and the dinner? Check this out first because only then can you can sort out what will be the total number of guests you will entertain. Accordingly, the budget will be fixed. The party visitors list is something you must sort out at least a month before and finalize a couple of weeks prior to the party.  You will need to have this in mind while getting the preparations together.


The menu should also be started by this time. Dont get confused. You wont start cooking so early, but the menu should not fail at the final hour. If you are also welcoming your guests to participate in some of the cooking, what are the items they are going to bring in?  Make this clear in your planning.


  You must also get the rest of the shopping list ready. You might need to change your curtains and carpets. If the walls need new paint, you should have this done at least three weeks before the day of your event. The crockery should be in keeping with the celebration spirit. Also, get some new glassware and, perhaps, a new dining set.


This buying spree should be over within a weeks time and then the final week will be left to grooming and giving the finishing touch to everything. This will begin with the furnishing of your home.


  Vacuuming and cleaning should be the primary areas of concern. Then you ought to fix up the curtains and replace those old items that you dont use anymore. The metallic things should get another coat of polish. If you have bought any new wall hangings or paintings, keep everything ready to place it perfectly on the very day itself, not before that. Let these remain as a part of the surprise.


  The ingredients of the cuisines you are going to prepare should be kept ready at least two days before the Thanksgiving ceremony. It might so happen that everything was going perfectly well but you forgot to buy the turkey. So high was the purchasing rate that in the eleventh hour, the price is either sky high or it is already sold out. Frozen turkeys can easily be stored for a week or more.


Sweet dishes can be kept ready a day before, and finally when Thanksgiving Day dawns, only the roasting or the baking is left in the preparation of dishes. Wines and beverages are already waiting for the guests.

If this remains your preparation criteria, you can really treat your guests well. In return, they will sincerely remain thankful to you for your warm welcome and perfect party.