It’s really easy to fixate on The Big Meal when it comes time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. We’ve ordered our turkey already, and a handful of emails between my family members have gone back and forth, assigning menu items and divvying up cooking jobs. But as important as the menu planning is, it’s just a small piece of what’s involved in hosting Thanksgiving at your house.
In the past I’ve had other tasks sneak up on me at the last minute and kind of put a damper on my enjoyment (like realizing at the eleventh hour that we’re out of trash bags, or that 87% of my “clean” knives have weird peanut butter schmutz on them). I’ve been so focused on the meal planning and cooking that I’ve overlooked other areas of the entertaining process; not that any of it is a matter of life or death, of course, but nonetheless this year I’m trying to get ahead on some little ways to ready my home for guests and merrymaking.
Here are 30 things you can do around the house this weekend to get ready for Thanksgiving. I’m sure I won’t get around to ALL of these jobs, but at least listing them in one place will put my mind at ease as we head into the more hectic pace of next week. [click to continue…]