Thanksgiving Prep Checklist: 10 Things to Do Before Hosting the Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Prep Checklist: 10 Things to Do Before Hosting the Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

Publish on October 5, 2020 By skephome
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Thanksgiving Prep Checklist: 10 Things to Do Before Hosting the Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is one of the more difficult holidays to prepare for because it often sneaks up on the calendar and before you know it, October has arrived. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a first-time host, organizing an entire meal for your family is a very large endeavor. But there’s no need to stress, with a little pre-planning and some helpful tips, you can be well on your way to the perfect Thanksgiving Dinner. 


It can be difficult to know where to start, between figuring out who’s coming to making a menu, and also setting aside time for house cleaning before the big day. To help you curate an easy-to-follow checklist, we have put together a top 10 list of things to do before hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner. Take the hassle out of Thanksgiving Dinner, and focus more on spending time with your family. 


Here are 10 easy tips on what you should do before hosting the perfect thanksgiving dinner. 


Finalize the guest list 

It’s important to know exactly who, and how many guests are going to be attending your Thanksgiving dinner. Consider the number of people you can accommodate for a sit-down dinner, or if you want to invite more guests, there is the option of having a casual buffet-style meal. The invites do not have to be overly formal; a phone call or email to friends and family is ideal. Remember to ask about any dietary restrictions, or food allergies at this point, to keep in mind when developing the menu. Knowing the volume of guests to expect, and any food requirements allow you to plan, ensuring there will be enough food for everyone. 


Plan your menu 

This is the fun part! Whether you decide to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or want to take some creative liberties with the menu, the food is always the highlight of Thanksgiving. Be sure to include any family recipes and past favorites for your guests to enjoy. Then also include some new dishes to keep the meal interesting, and give everyone something new to look forward to. Don’t forget to also plan out drink options and pre-dinner snacks for when your guests start to arrive. 


Create a shopping list 

Keeping an organized list of everything you will need to buy when you go shopping makes the preparation easier. Review each of your recipes to determine the type of ingredients you’ll need, as well as review the guestlist to finalize portion sizes. If any guests are bringing food, be sure they know how many serving sizes will be needed for everyone. Once your initial list is completed, be sure to compare it against the items you already have on hand to avoid overspending.  


Order a turkey 

Selecting the perfect turkey is often one of the most important parts of a Thanksgiving dinner. As the centerpiece of the meal, you need to leave yourself enough time to find the best one, keeping in mind they often sell-out quickly. You may want to consider ordering ahead of time if possible, however, if your local grocery does not do pre-orders, then plan time about three weeks before you go to purchase one in store. Keep in mind the number of guests you’ll be serving when determining the size of turkey to buy. 


Decide on the decor 

No party is complete without decorations! It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking to go the traditional route or not, filling your house with festive decor is a great way to add some extra fun to your Thanksgiving celebrations. Choose a theme, or maybe a color-scheme that will add to your guests’ experience, and then find some decor to match. You don’t need to break the budget on this one to have a good time.  



There’s no better time to declutter your house than before a big Thanksgiving family dinner. Reorganizing your space, and removing any unnecessary clutter is a great way to eliminate the stress of hosting a holiday party. Once your home is organized, you will have more time to focus on the final preparations before enjoying time with family.  


Deep clean the house 

In addition to decluttering, this is a perfect time to complete a thorough deep clean of your house, giving you more peace of mind before guests arrive. You may choose to do the cleaning yourself, however, if there isn’t enough time hiring a professional house cleaner is a great alternative. For convenient, and simple house cleaning services, consider using an app to connect you with professional cleaners in your area.  


Either way, it’s good to ensure every space is properly cleaned before having your guests over.  


Create a day-of-plan 

The day of your Thanksgiving dinner can feel intimidating, but if you completed all the prep work ahead of time everything will run smoothly. To help curb the anxiety of hosting the perfect Thanksgiving dinner, it’s a good idea to write out a day-of-plan that will keep you on track throughout the day. Knowing exactly when things should be happening, from guests arriving to cook times, helps you focus more on having fun, and also allows you to delegate some tasks when necessary.  


Set aside time to cook/bake everything 

While some entrees and appetizers cannot be finished in advance, there are items you can make the day before to save time. Plan out a day where you can prepare any deserts or non-perishable food, keeping them fresh in the fridge overnight. Once these are done, you can then make a plan for the rest of the Thanksgiving dinner that will need to be completed during the party itself.  


Clear out the freezer 

You should expect to need extra room in your freezer for both before and after your Thanksgiving dinner. It’s important to make room for the additional food that will be needed on the day of, as well, the inevitable leftovers you’ll get to enjoy afterward. This is a great opportunity to do some additional organizing in your home, clearing out any old or unnecessary food you’ve been storing. This way you can start fresh once your party hosting duties are finished.  


Get your home Thanksgiving dinner ready with Skep Home 

Having a clean and organized home for when family and friends visit is something that makes everyone happy. However, around the holidays, keeping up with the chores and cleaning can be difficult when you’re trying to plan the perfect celebration. If you’re finding it impossible to uphold the cleanliness of your home by yourself, and get ready for the holidays, then you should consider looking for a cleaning service app. 


Skep Home is a reputable and affordable cleaning services app available in downtown Toronto and the GTA. We understand how stressful it can be to maintain a clean home during the holiday season, so we provide standard home cleanings and many other extra services for places that need extra attention. To learn more about the services we offer and find reliable cleaners in your area, download the Skep Home app. 

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