I don’t know about you, starting a week with Halloween was a sticky hot mess for my family. But it’s time to shake off that pumpkin-spiced hangover, you guys, because Thanksgiving is coming for you.
But don’t freak out! If you take care of a few Thanksgiving chores right now, your November will be infinitely more chill.
1. Pre-order Your Thanksgiving Turkey.
Call your favorite butcher (mine is Ver Brugge Foods) and just get it over with so you can focus on the vastly more important task of naming your turkey. Carlos? Archibald? Mr. Bojangles Von Gobbler? I could do this all day, folks.
2. Inventory your Kitchen Supplies.
Thanksgiving Day is not the time to discover that your meat thermometer is missing or your roasting pan is too small for the 30 pounder you ordered. Oh, and this is a great opportunity to get your knives sharpened for the first time since, uh, your wedding?
3. Ditto for Tableware.
Do a quick napkin/glass/plate count and then take advantage of the amazing pre-Thanksgiving sales going on now. I’m feeling these monogrammed Biscuit Home cocktail napkins (25% off everything until Friday with the code “TURNINGFOUR”) and these beautifully proportioned French Wine Glasses from Crate and Barrel (20% off Wine&Dine event ends today).
4. Wardrobe Check!
If dressing up for holiday events is your thing (and obvs it’s mine), make sure everyone has a couple of nice outfits that are dry cleaned, in good repair, and actually fit. And if you have girls, just buy all the white tights. Somehow there are never enough and I can’t explain why.
5. Lock Down Your Kids’ Holiday Wish Lists.
Because before the Thanksgiving turkey is even cold, eager grandparents will be asking you for gift ideas. And can you blame them? Buying a bunch of rad toys that don’t live at your house 24/7 must be the BEST. So help them (and yourself) out by being prepared with suggestions they’ll be into AND you can live with. Unless you want an inflatable princess playhouse. In your family room. Forever.