With Halloween behind us, the countdown to Thanksgiving is officially on! While we’ve got about three weeks to go, (plenty of time, right?) we thought we’d get a head start on the planning this year. Follow our top Turkey Day tips so you can stress less and savor your time with family.

Thanksgiving 2015: 7 Quick Tips for Turkey Day

7 Quick Tips for Turkey Day

  1. Choose your menu. Pick a turkey recipe (don’t forget to order your bird), then plan the rest around it. Get creative with side dishes or stick to the tried and true. Make sure to try our super easy take on cranberry sauce, so you can finally ditch the can. We’ve also got a vegetarian take on a main course, and an option for babies. Bon appetit!
  2. Set your table. Let your table decor do the talking. You’d be surprised by how some simple, strategic touches can elevate the entire mood of your gathering. Regardless of your taste, we’ve some easy design ideas for you right here.
  3. Prep for guests. If you’ll be hosting the out-of-towners at your place this year, you’ll want to get ready. If nothing else, have these two essentials: clean sheets and candles. Your guests will feel right at home in no time at all.
  4. Buy some back-up. Spills happen. Stains happen. And let’s not forget about dishes. Just have the right tools on hand and you’ll be ready for anything!
  5. Busy the kids. Little ones will be excited to have a break from school for the holiday, but it’s a long time until dinner. Keep them occupied with simple activities you can prep beforehand. For starters, this pumpkin pie play dough is as fun as it is festive.
  6. Plan for leftovers. Don’t let food go to waste by having a plan for leftovers. Follow our storage tips to get the most out of your meal. We also recommend having some to-go boxes on hand so relatives can take some goodies home, too.
  7. Enjoy your day! Thanksgiving isn’t about throwing the perfect party, but about spending time with the ones you love. Don’t get too caught up in the excitement of the day. Take some time to slow down, reflect, and be thankful.

What is your favorite part about Thanksgiving? Share with us in the comments section below!

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