Thanksgiving is closer than you think. With only a month to go, you may think you’ve got plenty of time. However, creating a plan now can help ensure that things go much smoother. Let’s look at the benefits of creating a Thanksgiving plan now.
Determine How Many Guests You Want to Invite
The first thing you need to consider is who you want to invite. This will make it easier to create a menu and know how much you need to make of everything. Remember that it’s completely okay to have a small celebration with just a few closer friends and family members. By no means do you have to open your home to everyone you know.
Send out Invites
Once you have your list, you can send out invites. This doesn’t have to be formal, it can be a text or email or message on Facebook. You can even set up an event through Facebook and allow people to choose whether they are interested in going or not.
Plan Your Menu
Again, you do not have to go overboard with your menu. Keep it simple so that you can focus on each thing that you’re making rather than feeling overwhelmed. Also, don’t be afraid to have the event catered. If you’re going to do this, you need to make your order now or risk not finding a place to cater your event.
Or, you could even plan a potluck Thanksgiving meal. Just be sure to nail down who's providing the essentials for the meal (like the Thanksgiving) and ask everyone to bring a side or dessert. If you want to make sure you have enough sides and dessert (or at least one of each), you could ask in general what each guest is bringing so you can plan to fill in on any missing areas.
You can start shopping now and save a lot of money. Once you have your menu, you will have a list of all the ingredients you need. In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, you’ll see that a lot of ingredients are on sale. Also, check the Sunday paper, Coupons.com, and your favorite manufacturer’s websites for coupons to save even more money.
Get a Head Start
Last, but not least, look at your menu and see what you can make ahead of time. You can make pies and freeze them and then bake on Thanksgiving. You can also make rolls and freeze them. There are so many things you can do ahead of time.
Thanksgiving may seem weeks away, but it will be here before you know it. Take the time to get a head start. Know who you’re going to invite, what the menu will be, and start shopping. You can then start making foods that can be frozen until the big day. This will save you so much time and money and ensure that Thanksgiving isn’t overwhelming.