Countdown to Turkey Day November 5, 2010 Invite your Guests, Gather Your Resources

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.

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.

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 Thanksgiving menu plan yet?

Still need a little help?

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

As I mentioned on Monday, 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. @JayMonster on November 7, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    This year's menu is becoming a huge headache. My wife now needs to eat gluten free which is throwing kinks into everything since most gluten free recipes for bread like products are downright terrible, and most others are rebelling at the thought of a gluten free stuffing, or more of the gluten free French bread we have been using since the summer. Of course my wife is cranky that nobody else "cares enough" to just suck it up and deal. So now I am contemplating making 2 of everything, but that just seems wrong. It is going to be a trying Thanksgiving meal this year.

  2. Pamela on November 6, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Would you please elaborate a little on your comment to not cold call your invitations?
    I'm not totally sure what this means, can you give some examples?
    i always look forward to your blog in my mailbox each day, it's something I look at first.

    • HeatherSolos on November 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm

      A cold call in sales is a call in which there haven't been any introductions and you call someone hoping to make a sale. With an invitation it'd be calling someone out of the blue and expecting them to commit right then and there. Basically it wouldn't give someone time to have an excuse ready.

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