Thanksgiving Host Planning Guide

Hosting Turkey Day at your place? Follow this handy planning guide for stress-free entertaining.

3 Weeks Away

  • Make a guest list and send out your invitations

7 Days Away

  • Review your recipes and create shopping list. Pick up non-perishable items.
  • Order your turkey or pick up and freeze

6 Days Away

  • Press any fine linens for your table
  • Make sure you have enough seating and dinnerware for your guests. If expecting children, arrange for any highchairs or special furniture.
  • Confirm guest list.

5 Days Away

  • Download our free place card printables and prepare decor.

4 Days Away

  • Clean out your fridge. Begin to defrost the turkey

3 Days Away

  • Buy an perishable food
  • Make pie crust. Homemade crust can be rolled, laid on its plate, and frozen until needed.

2 Days Away

  • Make cranberry sauce. Letting it sit for a few days allows flavors to mature.
  • Prep for out-of-town guests. Launder sheets and towels, make beds, and arrange pick-ups.
  • Organize serving platters, glasses, plates, and serving dishes.
  • If you’re making homemade stuffing, cut stale bread into pieces and set on baking sheet.
  • Put up decorations. Try the DIY or vintage sheet backdrop.

1 Day Away

  • Spot-clean any areas of the house
  • Peel potatoes
  • Following our Turkey 101 tutorial? You can prep the bird today!
  • Chop chop! Dice, peel, whisk, or toast any dishes that can be prepped a day in advance.

The Big Day

  • Rise Early. Need a little help? Don’t hesitate to delegate.
  • Hashtag your Emma recipe creations #EmmaMagRecipe to win a Microsoft Surface™.
  • Enjoy the day!

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