Landmark's Day-by-Day Prep for Thanksgiving Dinner

Landmark's Day-by-Day Prep for Thanksgiving Dinner

Here at Landmark Home Warranty, we want you to have an excellent Thanksgiving. It’s a day that is meant to be full of food, family and friends. Sometimes, though, all of that is put aside because the stress of making an awesome Thanksgiving dinner overcomes the host.

If you are having Thanksgiving Dinner at your home this year, don’t stress! You still have one week to prepare, and preparing in one week is completely do-able. Landmark Home Warranty has created this day-by-day prep sheet that explains what to do each day so that you don’t have to be stressed on Thanksgiving. And, in our opinion, not stressing about Thanksgiving Dinner is a lot better than, say, having a break down when your turkey isn’t de-thawed, your gravy is lumpy or you don’t have enough time to make cranberry sauce because “The Smiths will be here in less than 20 minutes, and the mashed potatoes haven’t been made yet!”


Start today! Really, though, you can stop stressing about being prepared and go get prepared. Today (if you are reading this the Thursday before Thanksgiving, that is) you need to write your menu down, ask your guests to bring certain dishes. If you are planning on having other people bring food, then any later is inconsiderate, especially if those guests are making a trip to get to your home. Then, write down what you are going to be making, and then from there, make your shopping list.


The Friday before Thanksgiving is when you need to purchase your turkey. Depending on how many people you’re going to be having at your dinner, you can figure out the right amount of turkey to buy. If you assume that each adult guest will eat 2 pounds of turkey, and each child will eat one pound, you can add up how big of a turkey you need depending on how many guests you will have at your home.


The Saturday before Thanksgiving should be a shopping and cleaning day. You should probably do a deeper clean on your home, and clean out your fridge. This way, you can store and save the entire feast comfortably.If you have a home warranty that covers your refrigerator, you can rest easy knowing that your home warranty will protect your Thanksgiving Dinner from something going wrong. Then, shop for non-perishable foods that you need for the meal.


On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, you can start to defrost your turkey by taking it out of your freezer, and putting it into the coldest part of your fridge. Then, buy the perishable ingredients you need for the feast.


Today is another prep-day for your home. Iron the linens you will be using at the dinner table, and make sure your platters, glassware and china are set to go, and you have enough. A good tip is to plan out which dish you will be serving will go with each platter or bowl. You can plan how you will be decorating the table today, as well. 


The Tuesday before Thanksgiving you can begin making food and chilling it in your fridge. Use today to make cranberry sauce, pie crusts and prepping vegetables and other ingredients for stuffing, casseroles and dishes that take a bit of time to cook. 


Make your pies today, and then chill them in your fridge. You can cook casseroles, side dishes or soups that you prepped for yesterday, and then chill them in the fridge until it is time to warm them up before dinner is served. 


Thanksgiving day is finally here! And you shouldn’t be stressed at all. First, make sure to take your turkey out of the fridge and dress it. You should put it into the oven 5-7 hours before you plan of serving it. Bake your rolls or bread during this time, and any other side dishes that you couldn’t make ahead of time. Make your mashed potatoes, and then reheat any of the make ahead dishes from yesterday. Remove your turkey from the oven, and then make your gravy. Once people have arrived, talk to them and enjoy yourself! You worked hard on this meal.

Want to be even more prepared for Thanksgiving? Get a home warranty from Landmark!

There is a lot of oven work during your prepping for Thanksgiving, and if you have a home warranty with Landmark Home Warranty, you can be even more relaxed, knowing that we have your back if something goes wrong with your oven. Make sure that you can be extra prepared for your Thanksgiving Dinner with a home warranty. 

Interested in getting the peace of mind that a Landmark Home Warranty provides? You can get more information at, or look up our home warranty reviews at Consumer Affairs.

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