Countdown to Turkey Day 2009: The Eve of the Event

Heather says:

Tomorrow’s the big day. Are you ready?

For many families today is for baking and food prep. Here are few last minute tips to help everything go smoothly.

  • Check the turkey now. Has it completely thawed? No? Use the water bath method to finish defrosting the turkey.
  • If you have several recipes calling for diced onions and/or celery, go ahead and chop it all today. Cover tightly before refrigerating.
  • Do not pre-cut your potatoes and toss them in the fridge, it’s a bad idea. If you want a head start on mashed potatoes, you can make them today and then bake in a covered oven safe dish to reheat (with lots of butter, please). Alternately, tomorrow morning, peel and dice the potatoes, then hold them in a bowl of cold water. Rinse the potatoes before cooking in salted water.
  • If you’re using your own bread for dressing, go ahead and tear / cut that up today, too.
  • If you don’t have children or pets and you have a formal dining room vs the every day table, you can even go as far as setting the table, BUT put the plates / glasses on the table upside down so they don’t catch any dust. Tomorrow, just before the guests arrive, flip everything over. If you have young children or pets, just don’t. Somehow or another they’ll just make more work for you or create an embarrassing fur / sticky fingerprint situation.
  • If you’re playing host to friends and family, check the guest bathroom. Make sure there’s enough TP, soap, and something to dry off hands that doesn’t look like it’s only purpose is decorative. I can’t be the only person who worries about messing up someone’s starchy, frilly towel arranged over sea shells. Make sure the towel for hand drying is in an obvious, convenient spot. It’s better than having guests forced to wipe their hands on their pants.

Do you have any last minute tips for everyone?

Heidi from wanted me to remind everyone that if you have a centerpiece, it should reflect life. Remove any artificial plants from the table before serving. Candles, if they aren’t burning should have at least been lit so their wicks are black.

familyPlease remember even if nothing comes out right, your mom, sister, and drunk uncle Roy are driving you nuts, or if it’s just not turning out as planned,  that Thanksgiving is a celebration in the spirit of gratitude. The fact that we have friends and family willing to even begrudgingly come together is a sign we are truly blessed. If you know someone, perhaps a serviceman or woman far from home, set an extra place and welcome them to your table. It doesn’t matter how simple the meal, the intention is what matters. We have two families in this life, the one we are given and the one we create; embrace them all this holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from


  1. Diaper Cake Becca on November 25, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    I just want to say how excited I am for tomorrow…..and a lot of that is because of this site. I have had so much fun decorating and stepping outside the box on menu items this year. My candy corn centerpiece was finished off last week (thanks to my sugar-craved 3 year old) but I happily built a new one last night and it waits tomorrow's preparations to be set out.

    We have crafted and baked to our hearts content these past few weeks. My 21 pound bird sits in the fridge (still frozen….so now I even get to try out the infamous water bath method!) The house is clean….menu set….and the preparations begin after the kiddos hit the sack this evening.

    Happy Turkey day to everyone……Gobble! Gobble!

  2. Connie on November 26, 2009 at 3:16 am

    Happy Thanksgiving, Heather. Thanks for all you do here.

  3. Josceln on November 25, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    ok so does the tip for not cutting the potatoes today, go for sweet potoates? I slice mine and bake then in a pyrex dish and was planning on doing the prep for that today, is that ok? I did it the day of last year and had major timing issues, so I was hoping this would help with a bit of that

    • HeatherSolos on November 25, 2009 at 8:23 pm

      Unfortunately, sweet potatoes will also oxidize unless they are submerged in (cold) water or brushed with an acid like lemon juice.

      • Joscelyn on November 25, 2009 at 10:31 pm

        i figured that would be the answer, thank you!

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