Thanksgiving is finally here and with it, probably a wee bit of stress, especially if you are hosting Thanksgiving at your house. Even if you have hosted the delicious holiday every year for as long as you can remember, it is always important to be prepared and have a Thanksgiving checklist, just to be safe. Sure, it may be fun and exciting to throw caution to the wind and wing it, but you may or may not get a dinner that is entirely edible or an event that encourages people to go home early.
We love the holidays at STORBOX and are happy to help San Gabriel Valley residents with their wine and self-storage needs while they plan out their holiday festivities. We also want to help you have a smooth and enjoyable Thanksgiving, so here is our Thanksgiving Checklist for the day of to help you plan your day. If you are reading this after the fact, you can pick apart our checklist for those things that can make Thanksgiving easier for you next year.
Our (Hopefully) Helpful Thanksgiving Checklist
Plan and lay out all the dishes you will be serving and cooking food in.
The Turkey (it’s Thanksgiving, it’s a special turkey, so we must recognize it with a capital “T”) takes the longest to cook. Plan when you’ve got to throw that bird into the oven, but let it come to room temperature for an hour first; it will cook more evenly when there aren’t hidden cold bits.
- Plan who will be carving the turkey.
Don’t forget the gravy! If you are making your own stock for the gravy, this needs to start early. Get that pot of turkey-ness going after you put the turkey in the oven so it has plenty of time to reduce.
Cold foods, like salad, can be done early and put into the refrigerator or placed in a cold section of the house (without dressing). You don’t want to be chopping lettuce when the mashed potatoes need to be mashed.
Get all the food “grunt work” done early, and then set it aside or put it in the fridge for when you need it.
- Cube bread and chop herbs for stuffing;
- Cut vegetables;
Set the table first (including laying out trivets for where the hot items are going to go). You don’t want to be scrambling to get all the plates and napkins minutes before your guests arrive while you’re still finishing up last minute cooking.
- Plates: salad plate and dinner plate or just dinner plate, and don’t forget to have a plate or two where guests can drop their turkey bones.
- Silverware: salad fork, dinner fork, butter knife, cutting knife… you don’t really need a spoon unless your menu calls for it.
- Water glass
- Wine glass
- Other drink glass
- Napkin (make sure there are extra napkins nearby)
- Centerpiece or decorations, if you decide to gussy up your table.
Have an appetizer or two ready for when guests arrive in case the rest of the meal runs late (Turkeys can occasionally be uncooperative).
Have Any Helpful Tips of Your Own? Please Leave a Comment!
We and other readers would love to see comments about your own handy Thanksgiving tips, even if we’ll be using them next year. Now, because this is a self-storage blog, we would be remiss if we didn’t remind you that, like the tips above, STORBOX is really here to make your life easier, even if all you do is store your holiday decorations. To find out more about our services, call us today at (626) 793-9888.