Getting a headstart on Thanksgiving meal preparations is a great idea. Starting the night before can make your holiday a lot smoother. What can be done in advance? Well, plenty – if you are making traditional stuffing then there is plenty of chopping to do. Sit yourself at the kitchen table and put on some music and relax. Chop up the celery, onions, cranberries, bell pepper, apples, etc… whatever you use in your dishes can be pre-chopped and measured and saved in plastic ziplock bags ready for tomorrow. If you are making fresh or frozen pies these can be baked in the oven anytime the day before as well, then left to cool at room temperature. If you have pets that might try to sneak a taste, the top of the refrigerator on inside the microwave is a good place to store them at room temperature.
Getting the dining table set the night before is very helpful as well. This way you have time to get out all those items we only use seasonally, such as the gravy dish and serving utensils. If you typically use the dining table to eat breakfast at don’t let this stop you. Make a portable breakfast and let the family eat around the coffee table, perhaps. Once you have done every bit you can do the night before, it’s time for a good night’s rest, tomorrow will be busy!