Getting Ready for Thanksgiving… what’s on your list?

Here is something that you should know about me, I am a “List-a-holic”.  I like to have a list for everything, much to the chagrin of my hubby and kids.  So with Thanksgiving coming up.. I am checking my lists… once maybe even twice, lol… Here are some other great lists I found all over the web.

Whats On Your List

Check out this list found on  They start 6 weeks out, but we are going to jump in where we are..

Monday Before Thanksgiving:

  • Buy the rest of your perishables today or tomorrow.

1 day to go

Wednesday Before Thanksgiving:

To make tomorrow manageable, do as much cooking as you can today. Here’s a list of ideas:

  • Defrost pie crusts and turkey stock.
  • Assemble and bake pies; store them at room temperature (unless they’re custard-based, such as pumpkin pie, which should be refrigerated).
  • Prepare any side dishes, such as mashed potatoes, that can be made ahead and reheated in the microwave.
  • Clean and dry salad greens and store them in a resealable plastic bag.
  • Set the table; arrange chairs; set out flowers, candles, and any other decorations.
  • If brining your turkey, prep it and leave it in the brine overnight.

the big day!

Thanksgiving Day:

The big day! Here’s a schedule to help you sail through with ease:


  • If stuffing your turkey, prepare the stuffing and fill the turkey.
  • Put the turkey in to roast.
  • Defrost breads and any other prepared items that have been frozen.
  • Chill white wine and beer. Set up the bar for any other drinks you’ll be making.


  • While the turkey is roasting, complete all the other dishes. Let them stand at room temperature or, if ready more than one hour ahead, refrigerate.

half an hour before dinnertime:

  • When the turkey comes out, let it rest while you make the gravy and reheat the side dishes on the stove top, in the oven, or in the microwave.
  • Dress the salad.


  • Carve the turkey and serve the meal. (Don’t forget to save the carcass for turkey soup.)

after dinner:

Readers Digest Thanksgiving Check List

A Thanksgiving Cooking Check List at Blissfully Domestic:

Being Prepared, is a Major Part of Any Successful Holiday.  What is your favorite go to list for Thanksgiving Prep?