It’s time to launch Countdown to Turkey Day 2011. Why yes, I am ridiculously excited about it this year. Oh I know, it’s hard to tell, since I get excited about Thanksgiving every year, but this year?
Well, it has been even more exciting as I have had the fantastic opportunity to work with Butterball. Yes, gobble gobble, the turkey people.
This year I am one of the Butterball Bloggers* and I have had an absolute blast. I even had the opportunity to attend a day (Turkey Talk-Line Experts get more than a day) of their training in Naperville, IL. I had a wonderful time and learned more about turkey in one day than I have in my (no, I’m not going to say how many) years of cooking it.
*The blog goes live with 2011 content later this week.
I have already been teased about my enthusiasm for the project by friends and family, but oddly enough they didn’t mind eating the results of said enthusiasm. So who was gobbling? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
This year, I’ll be posting: recipes, shopping lists, instructions on how to coordinate the cooking times of your meal, and cleaning checklists -broken up over the month so you aren’t scrubbing toilets while stuffing turkey.
Today you have three tasks.
1. Decide – When and Where
Sit down with pen and paper and decide where and what time dinner will be served. Create a tentative guest list that notes any allergies or dietary restrictions. It’s easier to plan around a gluten or nut allergy than it is to rework a menu.
2. Figure Out – Seating and Serving
Before things get crazy look at your guest list. Do you have enough chairs and place settings? Are you serving a casual enough meal that sitting on the floor and using Chinette works? No? Party rental stores often allow chair, china, and glassware rental in lots much smaller than you’d imagine. I’ve rented as few as ten chairs in the past for parties. Reserve what you need ASAP.
3. Find the dining room table.
Hey, don’t look guilty, we all do it from time to time. Horizontal surfaces are a magnet for paperwork and odds and ends.
Clear it off today. Yep, that means getting rid of the Halloween candy, too.
Give it a good polish. If you have placed any leaves or extensions in storage, pull them out and check for spiders or other unexpected friends. If it doesn’t cause problems go ahead and install them. Otherwise, place them in a convenient location, and while you’re at it, you may want to write that location down.
How many of you are considering hosting Thanksgiving for the first time?
What intimidates you the most about the event?