8 Worst Thanksgiving Dinner Planning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Here’s how to make sure turkey-day disasters don’t hit your table

Avoid these eight Thanksgiving blunders long before the big day even arrives.

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be intimidating. It's the biggest food day of the year for Americans and the official kickoff to the madness of the holiday season, and there’s always pressure on the host to make sure everything is just right. If it’s not, it could leave a bad taste in your mouth — and your guests' mouths, too — that no amount of mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie can fix.

If it’s your first time hosting this particular holiday dinner, there are plenty of things that could go wrong long before the turkey is even in the oven. From determining the right number of people for your guest list to knowing how much food and wine to buy, any small mishap or miscalculation could turn your turkey day into a turkey disaster — even before someone at your dinner table brings up politics.

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And, if you didn’t happen to prepare for Thanksgiving quite enough in advance or if you decided that this particular Thursday evening is the one to try out that crazy new Brussels sprouts recipe, then you could be in for even more of a problem. Though mistakes happen and are sometimes inevitable, some are more easily avoided than others.


If this all sounds like Thanksgiving is just one big disaster waiting to happen — worry not! We are here to help with a list of the worst possible Thanksgiving dinner planning mistakes and how to make sure they don’t happen to you. With the holiday itself still weeks away, there is plenty of time to prepare and make sure that the day goes as smoothly as possible. Just don’t be afraid to ask for a little help.