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.
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.
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:
- Oven Roasted Turkey
- Deep Fried Turkey
- Turkey Stock
- Apple, Sage, Cranberry Dressing
- Andouille Sausage Cornbread Dressing
- How to Make Gravy
- Broccoli Almond Salad
- Collard Greens
- Savory Butternut Squash
- Oven Baked Macaroni and Cheese
- Caramel Apple Pie
- Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie (just use a regular pie shell if you don’t want it gluten free)
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:
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)?