How To Plan Thanksgiving Dinner Like a Pro – Part 2

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Two major factors in hosting a Thanksgiving dinner like a pro are home preparation and dinner format.

A plan of action to tackle these two things is crucial.  A perfectly cooked turkey and gourmet desserts can be easily overshadowed by a home that is not ready for guests and a poorly formatted dinner.

Part 1 of How to Plan Thanksgiving Dinner like a pro covered meal planning and cooking schedules.

In this post, we’ll look at how to prepare for guests and explore a variety of dinner options for Thanksgiving.

Let’s start with home prep.

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How To Plan Thanksgiving Dinner Like a Pro – Part 1

how to plan thanksgiving dinner

Planning and hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner is not for the faint of heart.  From menu planning to preparing your home for guests, weeks of preparation are required to pull off this event flawlessly.  However, learning how to plan Thanksgiving Dinner is an invaluable skill.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll dive into each part of planning Thanksgiving like a pro.

In this post, we’ll take a look at meal planning.

How many dishes do I need?  When should I start preparing Thanksgiving dinner?  In which order should I cook my menu?

These are just a few of the questions we’ll answer today.  Let’s dive in!

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The Ultimate 4th of July Party Planning Guide

Independence Day is just around the corner.  Second, only to Christmas in my home, the 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate.

The weather is great, there are fireworks, grilling, and late summer nights.  Planning a 4th of July party, however, can be a daunting task.

The stakes are high and you will likely have to cover your bases for both adult and kid-friendly food and entertainment options.

In this post, I’ll share my ultimate 4th of July party planning guide.  We’ll go through everything you’ll need to cover to plan and host a successful event step by step.

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started.

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Free Holiday Party Planning Checklist

Today, I’m excited to announce our new free printable.  If you’ve been following our holiday party planning series, thank you for reading.  If you’re stumbling upon this for the first time make sure to check out Part I and Part II of our series.  With the end of the year closing in quickly; I decided to create an easy holiday party planning checklist that will help ensure your event is a success.  This checklist includes a series of actionable items beginning one month before your party.

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Holiday Party Planning: Home Preparations & Meal Planning

Welcome to part two of my Holiday Party Planning Series. In the month of November we’ll shift into full gear by tackling 5 new tasks.  This set of items is designed to help you prepare your home for guests to come and go throughout the upcoming months.  Whether you’re planning a large end-of-year party, or plan to have a couple of couples over for a football game; this is the perfect guide.

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Holiday Party Planning: Start Preparing for the Holidays Now


October is here and the upcoming months will be very busy.  Soon there will Halloween parties, pumpkin patch outings, football games, Thanksgiving, holiday parties, tree lightings, religious holidays, and New Years; all coming at us in a relentless succession.  You may be wondering how to get the most out of your holiday season without overwhelming yourself.  Or, you may want to host a holiday party; but are unsure if you can take on the added workload.

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