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Prep your Thanksgiving with no hassle

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. If you’re not quite ready yet, don’t worry — that’s why we’re here. We have gathered some useful recipes for you to get ready for your dinner or party. But before anything, preparation is essentially important therefore here is a guide for you. 

Cross-check your Checklist

  1. Check your cookware and kitchen tools
  2. Plan your dinner menu
  3. Prep your dishes
  4. Make the pie crust ahead or even make the pie now
  5. Freeze your sauce
  6. Make a schedule of events for Thanksgiving day.

Things to prepare months ahead

Mark a note or cross your day on your calendar for Thanksgiving. Start finding ideas and gather mood-board, you can do it at the same for the holiday season. It allows you to plan ahead and not be in hurry for the last minutes.

Plan your menu and we above are what we suggested. And you could start ordering or start to purchase the required supplies and ingredients that you need just a month before Thanksgiving.

Things to prepare 1 week ahead

No matter how many guests you’re expecting for your Thanksgiving meal, you can make your table setting cozy and inviting with a few simple touches. For a multi-course meal, make sure you have salad, dinner and dessert plates for each guest.

Consider adding a charger or placemat underneath each setting to add visual depth and interest. Allow space for gravy boats, bread baskets and serving platters, as well as candleholders, flowers and decorations. Trivets are perfect for hot dishes that go from oven to table. If you are serving your meal in a separate dining room, write out place cards and set the table a day or two before the holiday.

Like we mentioned, orders that you made earlier should be delivered in time for preparation for the feast. Always prep 1 week ahead and you could save a lot of time on an actual day.

Things we suggest to prep ahead that include making the pie dough, cooking the sauce or stock.

Things to prepare 2-3 days before dinner

You could start making the appetizer or the salad. Start cleaning and drying salad greens and store them in a resealable plastic bag. 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.

Things to do on actual day

On the actual day, be a beautiful host with minimum of cooking, yet unlimited of fun. The first thing to prepare is to cook your mains, like the chicken or the pie. Defrost breads and any other prepared items that have been frozen. Then start preparing your drink bar, like chilling your wine and beer. 

While most of the food has been prepared, you can simply serve them after dressing the salad and plating them. 

Give our Thanksgiving checklist a try this year. A little planning and organization in the week before the holiday should make the day itself more enjoyable. When it’s time to eat, you’ll be able to relax and appreciate food, friends, and family. And that’s something to be thankful for.

How do you prep for Thanksgiving dinner? Share your favorite tips and tricks with us by using the hashtag #leplaincanvas

xoxo, Angela

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