6 Ways to Avoid a Stressful Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is officially 1 week away which means if you don't already have your plans together at least in your head, you better get on that like yesterday! If you read my post, "Let's Talk Thanksgiving Planning," then you already have all the basics down. Time to finalize your plans and put that intensive shopping list to action! Now, I am going to give you a few pointers on the things you should be getting done just 1 week before Thanksgiving for a stress free day!

1. Finalize the guest list

It's 1 week from Thanksgiving now and if people still haven't RSVPd it is probably safe to assume that they are going to be no shows, no need to account for them. Figure out how many people are officially celebrating with you that way you know just how many ingredients, plates, utensils, etc. you need.

2. Confirm your grocery list

Not having enough food at a celebration you are hosting can be very embarrassing so it is important to coordinate your guest list with the amount of food you make or ask others to make. Double and triple check you food list and make sure there is more than enough incase people want seconds or thirds. If you decided to go the potluck route, now is the time to reach out to the people bringing dishes and confirm that they will still be bringing that dish.

3. Clean out your kitchen

You probably didn't think about this one. To avoid clutter, you should get rid of anything you don't use anymore or that are expired that is in your fridge, freezer, cupboards and drawers. This will avoid a major headache. Trust me, you'll need plenty of space for the groceries you buy and all the dishes you make!

4. Prep your home for guests

If you will be hosting houseguests makes sure to have clean towels and sheets. This might slip your mind in the midst of all the chaos so just do it a week before. Make sure the guest room and bathroom are clean. Vacuum, mop, dust and all that good stuff so you don't have to worry about it and can just focus on the food!

5. Go on your shopping trip

Now that you have cleaned out your kitchen, time to go shopping. You will definitely want a grocery list to take with you for this trip. There is no winging Thanksgiving shopping, there are just too many things to try to remember. Even if you have made the shopping list weeks ahead and have been adding more things to it, it is very likely that you will still forget something and have to take a second trip to the store! Frustrating, right? This is why it is important to plan ahead! Give yourself time to go back to the store for things you may have forgotten. 

6. Decorate

Most people like to decorate as soon as the first of November comes around but if you haven't gotten to it yet, now is the time! Put those colorful pumpkins and squash out, hang that Thanksgiving wreath on your door and display those delicious smelling candles. Decorating your home will get you more in the mood for the big day. Get all the finishing touches out of the way now!

At this point, you should have just about everything done, except for the cooking of course! Making the meals is probably the most stressful and time consuming part of thanksgiving, that is why it is so important to get everything else completely taken care of before. Now you will be able to focus your mind on one thing and one thing only, the Thanksgiving Meal.

Happy planning and cheers to a stress free Thanksgiving! :)

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