A Thanksgiving Timeline to Plan By

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Follow this plan for a successful Thanksgiving dinner
Thanksgiving Timeline

Don’t forget to plan ahead for Thanksgiving Day!

One Month Before: Who to Invite?

 Whether your family traditions bring everyone home for the holiday, or you’re celebrating a “Friendsgiving,” determine how many people can fit in your space. You’ll want to make sure you have enough food (and you can never have too many leftovers!).

Three Weeks Before: Menu Planning

Planning a potluck? Assign sides, desserts, and treats to friends and be sure to have a can of crescents on hand. We suggest one (or more!) of these recipes below:

Two Weeks Before: Decide on Décor 

Once you’ve decided whether to serve food buffet-style or have a sit-down dinner, you can start to plan décor. Consider a flower display or a DIY nonperishable centerpiece.

One Week Before: Don’t Forget the Kids

If you’re expecting younger guests, be ready with some fun crafts that they can eat to keep them busy so you can focus on the big meal.

Week Of: Buy the Goods and Prep Ingredients 

 Be sure to have our favorite recipes on your list — they’ll be a hit!

Three Days Before: Don’t Forget Pie!

 The centerpiece of Thanksgiving dessert: holiday pie. Pillsbury’s pie crust will help you bake a pie that looks fresh from the bakery. Check out these 15-second videos for inspiration or visit Thanksgiving Pie Central. Don’t forget Gluten Free pie/pastry crust, perfect for friends with gluten sensitivities!

 Day Before: Tackle the Bird

Check out Turkey 101 for all your need-to-know info for tackling the Thanksgiving bird, from buying and prepping to roasting and carving. For an easy video on how to carve a turkey, take notes from our friends at Butterball

Morning Of: Enjoy Breakfast

Start your Thanksgiving morning with Cinnamon Roll Turkeys that everyone will gobble up!       

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