Thanksgiving – Don’t Let it Sneak Up on You
You might be thinking, “Ok wait a minute Sam - Thanksgiving isn’t until the end of November and this is the beginning of October, what gives?”
Well, what gives is that Thanksgiving is kind of a big deal, and while I’m not suggesting you start cooking now, the planning should start now. If you’ve decided to host at your home, you need to first figure out who you want to come, and invite them sooner than later. For one, people need to know and two – a last minute invite means you either forgot about them or someone dropped out and you’ve moved on to the B list.
And while I’m on the invite list, remember those friends that have no family around them. Maybe someone new at the office who just moved here. They will be soooo appreciative.
Ok, once you know who and how many, then you can decide the other planning issues, like:
- Do you want a fancy or casual Thanksgiving
- Will you need to rent or borrow tables or chairs?
- What’s your tablecloth situation?
- Turkey: Free range vs. organic, fresh vs. frozen, etc. Because some turkeys will likely require a pre-order
Do you want people bringing items or will you handle it all? And by the way, I’m in favor of people bringing as long as you’re specific about what they bring. I’ve mentioned this before, but you can’t just say ‘side dish’ and leave it at that or you might get 3 of the same thing.
So, can you plan too early? I don’t think so. Can you plan too late? Absofrickinglutely.