Holiday Dinner Checklist

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Hosting for the holidays? Save yourself time and energy by using this simple checklist.

2-3 Weeks Before

  • Get your decorations out.
  • Write out your meal plan.
  • Contact family and friends to confirm the guest list.
  • Purchase your turkey or ham and put it in the freezer (make sure it can fit in the oven).

4-7 Days Before

  • Move turkey or ham from freezer to refrigerator to begin defrosting.
  • Make a grocery list, shop for non-perishable items.
  • Save a trip to the store by ordering non-perishables on Jet or Boxed.
  • Double check your cooking and bakeware supplies, ask family members to bring anything you don’t have.
  • Clean out and rearrange your fridge, making room for all the food to come.
  • Come up with fun tasks the kids can do the day-of to help (ex: set the table).

3 Days Before

  • Shop for perishable items.
  • Set the table with seasonal decorations and place settings.
  • Refrigerate beverages.
  • Clean the guest bathroom.

1 Day Before

  • Prepare dishes that can be prepped or made ahead of time.
  • Vacuum and sweep the house.
  • Text or email instructions to guests.U
  • Use Drizly or the Delivery.com app to have last-minute items delivered within an hour.
  • If desired, cook and slice the turkey the day before, then let the meat soak in juices overnight, reheat turkey day of.

The Day Of

  • Use your meal timeline to guide your cooking.
  • Put the turkey or ham in the oven earlier rather than later!
  • Light candles and play background music.
  • Have family members lend a hand when you’re in need.

Holiday Helpers

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