How I planned and executed a stress-free Thanksgiving!

Our family has started rotating where Thanksgiving is hosted. I decided to host this year. Our apartment hasn’t ever been big enough since moving to Madison. But, our current apartment has a clubhouse we can reserve. So I reserved it right away! I wanted to ensure it was a stress-free Thanksgiving.

Since then I was planning, making lists, and doing research! I freaking love to cook, so I was so excited! But, man was I nervous! As I haven’t cooked for that many people before!

Have you hosted and things went wrong or you were so stressed out? I am going to share how I kept it as stress-free as possible. Thanksgiving went off without a hitch, and there was only time I had the “Get out of my kitchen”! I call that a success!

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What did I do to ensure it was stress-free?

1. Made a Menu

  • Turkey
  • Bread
  • Gluten-Free Stuffing
  • Corn Pudding – a MUST in our family!
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Roasted Veggies (I always need something healthier!)
  • Pies – Apple & Pumpkin
  • Homemade Whipped Cream
  • Cheese & Meat Platter for Snacking
  • No Can Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole

2. Gave Everyone Something to Make & Bring

This helped me ensure I wasn’t making EVERYTHING! It kept down what I was actually making!

3. Make a Facebook Event

This is where I invited everyone, posted our address and Airbnb links they could stay in.

This majorly helped keep down the millions of texts I would have gotten or had to send! Also, kept the list of what people had to bring in one spot! So much more organized!

4. Once I had the final menu done & I knew what I was making I, make my grocery lists!

Have you noticed a theme? I like lists and like to be a little overly organized!

This helped me plan what I would get from Imperfect Produce! Our all-time favorite place to get our produce! Save me so much time at the store, and money on the Gluten-Free Stuffing!

5. Planning the days leading up to Thanksgiving.

Wednesday – Order my Imperfect Produce! Got my gluten-free pie crust from Hyvee! Starting cleaning the apartment!

Thursday – Finalize the grocery list!

Friday – Go grocery shopping! Best to do this ASAP as the turkeys were sold out just 2 days later!

Saturday – Monday I was working on finalizing my Black Friday Specials for Natural Intuition Photography!

Tuesday – Take the turkey out of the freezer and put it in a cooler to thaw! (wouldn’t fit in our fridge)

Wednesday – I made the pies, organized everything. I made sure I had enough plates, cups and so forth.

THANKSGIVING THURSDAY – Woke up at 7 am to get the turkey in the oven by 8 am! We were eating around 1230! When the turkey was done at 1130 I put in the green bean casserole and started the stuffing!

Everything was ready and over in the clubhouse by 1230!

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