10 Things You Don’t Want To Forget Hosting Thanksgiving

The holidays are a busy time but most of us can remember the big details for planning a gathering. It’s the small, but just as important, details that even the most seasoned and capable hostesses sometimes run the risk of missing. To help keep my fellow hostesses from dying of embarrassment (like I have once or twice) or even avoiding disaster (like I have once or twice) I’ve compiled a list of 10 simple, but sometimes easy to forget, things you need to remember.

Source: Taste of Home

Source: Taste of Home

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Source: About Food - Southern Food

Source: About Food – Southern Food

1. Don’t forget to THAW THE TURKEY IN TIME

Most brands say their frozen turkeys take 3-4 days to thaw in the refrigerator. They lie. I recommend starting the thawing process 5 days prior to cooking. Get that bird out of the freezer and into the fridge to by Sat., the 22nd to safely and completely thaw by Thanksgiving Day.

2. Don’t forget to REMOVE THE INNARDS

(For newbies) Once the turkey’s thawed you’ll find stuffed inside the turkey’s neck cavity and bottom cavity are the turkey’s neck and a sack filled with giblets. They are used to make gravy and need to be removed before cooking. You’ll save your fingers from frost bite by removing these items from a completely thawed bird, too. Trust me.


3. Don’t forget plenty of  STORAGE CONTAINERS

One of the best parts of Thanksgiving is the leftovers the next day. Make sure you’ll have plenty of storage containers…with lids…that fit.
Glasslock 18-Piece Assorted Oven Safe Container Set could be a great choice if you need extra.

4. Don’t forget to MAKE ROOM IN THE FRIDGE

Clean out the fridge now to make room for all the extra food items needing refrigeration later..like the big, fat turkey. That alone will take up a lot of space. Put water bottles, soft drinks, and beer in coolers. Did I mention beer?

5.  Don’t forget to ASK ABOUT FOOD ALLERGIES

Of all 10 suggestions this one is obviously the most important. I would hate it if one of my guest could only enjoy a small portion of our special holiday meal. Or worse, they ended up in the E.R.. Ask early enough so you have time to accommodate anyone suffering from food allergies, if possible.


6. Don’t forget EXTRA DISH TOWELS

Between all the cooking and cleaning I do on Thanksgiving Day, dish towels are in high demand. I have run out before and it is a pain. It’s worth buying extra to avoid having to wash and dry towels in the middle of all the festivities. You may like to check these out…Fecido Classic Kitchen Collection Dish Towels – Heavy Duty – Super Absorbent – 100% Cotton – Professional Grade Dish Cloths – The Best European Made Tea Towels – Set of Two, Beige

7. Don’t forget the ICE

We always need extra ice for drinks and coolers and it’s my number one thing to forget. I’m always sending my poor hubby to fetch more ice Thanksgiving Day right before game time. Not good. I’m saving my marriage and buying it early this year! You should, too.

8. Don’t forget plenty of BUTTER/MARGARINE

We love our butter in the south. And you just can’t have enough when so many of the holiday recipes call for it. Not to mention guests will be topping potatoes with it and slathering it on rolls. Buy extra.



9.  Don’t forget to WEAR AN APRON

Splashes and spills happen but I don’t want them happening all over me. Neither do you. Remember to wear an apron during food preparation so you don’t have to change out of your super-cute-just-for-Thanksgiving-now-all soiled shirt and into a whatever’s-ironed shirt right before guests arrive. For the pretty apron above see… DII 100% Cotton, Printed Damask Chef Kitchen Apron, Machine Washable, Great Hostess Gift, Cooking or Baking Apron with Pockets, Black

10. Don’t forget to STOCK THE BATHROOMS

The absolute last thing you want to run out of with a big group of people at your house is toilet paper. Just shoot me now. Avoid it by filling the cabinets or baskets with extra rolls. Make sure you have plenty of hand soap, too, while you’re at it.

Okay. There you have it. Ten things you don’t want to forget. I hope these suggestions make your job a little easier. Enjoy the holiday!

Do you have any good hosting tips you’d like to share? Please do! I love your company!

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2 Thoughts on “10 Things You Don’t Want To Forget Hosting Thanksgiving

  1. Stacey says:

    Amen to all of these! How many times have we run out of ice? Or space in the fridge? My mom and dad lived in the country and almost every year the electricity went out on Thanksgiving…seriously. How can you work around that? 🙂

    1. Mar C says:

      Oh my! Yep, electricity is a must! Thanks, for the input, friend!!

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