Countdown to Thanksgiving: preps you can start today

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-  The countdown to Thanksgiving is on!  This is one of those special meals that takes a lot of preparation.  So why not start now?  Here’s some simple ideas you can have in mind now to get your turkey day game plan together.

Start Shopping the Sales

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Great Thanksgiving sales are already popping up in ads across West Michigan.  Be sure to shop those weekly circulars and stock up when you see ingredients you know you’ll need.  Think things canned pumpkin, canned green beans and cranberry sauce.  You can even find great deals on Turkeys- just pop it in the freezer for a few weeks!  Shopping early can save you big money this Thanksgiving.

Create a Pinterest Inspiration Board

What’s cooking this Thanksgiving?  It’s the perfect time to start pulling together ideas for new twists on old favorites!  Pinterest is a great place to create a mouth-watering board of ideas to try to then share your pins with friends or family.  Here’s my Thanksgiving board if you need some great inspiration.

Start Making Decorations

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving you’ll want to add a few personal touches.  So you don’t get stressed out start thinking about and creating those fun projects now.  Get the kids involved too!  This way when the big day arrives you’ll only have to think about getting your food ready and having a semi-relaxing day with family and friends.  Here’s a few ideas to add some personal touches to your table.


Contact Your Guests

Family Thanksgiving dinner table

Be sure to let your guests know you’re hosting and what time.  Many people have a few stops and a little pre-planning goes a long way.  Also they may want to start thinking about what they’ll bring.  If you are doing all the cooking assign your guests to bring things like wine, punch or a light snack for munching before the big feast.  If you don’t like baking delegate the desserts!  Your guests will appreciate the heads up so they can plan their day and their food too.


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