Countdown to Turkey Day 2016: November 10

Heather says:

How is your Thanksgiving preparation going?

Are you staying on top of the weekly chores? Is your dining room table still clear? No? Fix that, I’ll wait.

On Tuesday we talked about putting together a tentative guest list. It’s time to go invite everyone formally. I’m not talking about embossed, fancy cards, but you can do that if you’d like and you are well within Emily Post’s two weeks to two months guideline for Thanksgiving dinner invitations. While I prefer calling my friends and family to make Thanksgiving plans, it’s not exactly a surprise for any of them.

Don’t cold call your invitations.

Countdown to Turkey Day with Home-Ec 101. Schedules, Recipes and plans for hosting your first or your best Thanksgiving ever.

While it may seem like a great, efficient idea, it may make someone uncomfortable and feel pressured to attend something they’d rather not. Remember etiquette is mostly about making someone else feel comfortable. Don’t call a friend you haven’t spoken to in months and try to force them to accept your invitation. Shoot them an email, mention you’ll be having dinner, and then ask if they would like to attend.

Whatever your method, make your invitations and keep a list of your confirmations. This guest count is an estimate. Remember life happens and sometimes it is the flu and sometimes it’s just someone being inconsiderate, but no shows happen. And sometimes people call at the last minute to see if they can bring their cousin who has two kids and just happens to be in town (even though they knew they were coming three months ago). It happens.

Be prepared.

Have you finished your soft Thanksgiving menu plan yet?

Still need a little help?

Here are links to some of the Home Ec 101 Thanksgiving Recipe Collection:

As I mentioned recently, I have a few more recipes and techniques to add.

Last year a Home Ec 101 reader asked for some vegetarian Thanksgiving ideas and you, the Home Ec 101 community had some fabulous suggestions. Here are a few of my favorites from that post:

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving from Cheap Healthy Good (fabulous site) suggested by Milehimama

Mark Bittman’s 101 Thanksgiving Side Dishes -not all of these are vegetarian, but Bittman is a go-to for ideas in my world, suggested by Alice Dick

101 Cookbook’s Vegetarian Thanksgiving suggested by Leigh Webber

Mother Earth News A Vegetarian Thanksgiving suggested by CJ McD

What are your favorite Thanksgiving recipe resources (it certainly doesn’t have to be vegetarian in nature)?



  1. KeterMagick on November 7, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun, Heather! Your 10 lb. turkey is the same size, or maybe a little bigger, as the organic one I reserved. I’ll be cooking it in…drum roll!…an open pan in a convection countertop oven. Life imitates Butterball school! ;o)

    Just out of curiosity, what do you think of the folks who put a can of beer in the cavity and let it explode when it gets hot to “baste” the bird? (Not that I intend to try it…but it sure is popular here in Texas.)

    • HeatherSolos on November 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      @KeterMagick Hmm that sounds a bit silly to me. I’m sure it “works” but doesn’t fit the flavor profile I dig in my turkey.

  2. holleeinbalance on November 7, 2011 at 11:21 am

    @HeatherSolos Need to seriously consider the deep fryer — will you help me if I go that route?

    • HeatherSolos on November 7, 2011 at 11:22 am

      @holleeinbalance of course I’ll help you. I am a deep fried turkey enabler, right @butterball ?

      • holleeinbalance on November 7, 2011 at 11:57 am

        @HeatherSolos @butterball Maybe I could score some kind of coupon for this attempt!:)

        • butterball on November 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm

          @holleeinbalance @HeatherSolos You’re in luck, Hollee. We’re handing out Turkey Gift Checks this holiday season. Look out for our tweets. 🙂

        • holleeinbalance on November 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm

          @butterball I will watch for that!

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