How To Throw the Best Thanksgiving Party

Don’t Panic.

Thanksgiving is merely weeks away but the important thing to remember is not to panic. With Maid Right as your secret weapon and with this handy guide, Thanksgiving will set the tone for the rest of the holiday season: nothin’ but smooth sailing, contented family and friends and a truly beautiful home.

Again: Don’t Panic.

Follow this handy guide to get everything prepared to have the best Thanksgiving yet.

4 Weeks Out:

Schedule a full-home cleaning for the week before Thanksgiving. Things get really crazy during this time so make plans early. With Maid Right its as easy as giving us a call at (855) 624-3744 and getting your free estimate. After that, you won’t have to do a single thing. When everyone at dinner wonders how you manage to do everything from making a beautiful meal to cleaning your beautiful home, you take full credit. We won’t say a thing.

And while you’re on the phone, consider making a recurring appointment to get you through the entire holiday season. Schedule a cleaning right after Thanksgiving to help scrub the post-turkey-coma house and through December and January.

3 Weeks Out:

Make a menu and stick to it. While magazines may be coming out with delicious looking recipes, don’t change your menu at the last-minute. If you are trying out a new recipe, do a practice run this week. You’ll understand if you need to make any adjustments and your family will love getting a sneak-peek at the feast to come.

Photo Credit: Lanty

When making your menu, try including recipes or dishes that have significance in your family. Even if they aren’t the “traditional” Thanksgiving dishes, they hold important places in your family’s history. What better time than Thanksgiving to taste the goodness of your family?

Bring your linens to the dry-cleaner. This leaves both you and the dry-cleaner ample time to wash and iron your table linens and for you to forget to pick it up and then remember to in time for the holiday. Alternatively, wash and iron your own table linens. After they’ve been ironed you can hang them in your closet so they don’t get wrinkly but definitely get this chore out of the way before other, more important things, are stressing you.

Decide on flowers and put your order in to the florist now! If you’re on a budget, we suggest ordering just a couple key flowers for the table and buffet and plan on using natural foliage in addition. This a sweet mix and will cost you 1/4th of the price. We always like to be eco-friendly so we suggest choosing flowers that are in-season. Gerber daisies would look great paired with vibrant fresh foliage snagged the day-of Thanksgiving.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Pallian

2 Weeks Out:

Go grocery shopping ­now. Get all of your non-perishable goods or fresh goods that have a long shelf-life (e.g. potatoes). Going now will beat the crowds and allow you to shop at your leisure, using coupons and saving money! Now is also a great time to buy whater drinks you’ll serve at Thanksgiving. Don’t worry if you don’t have refrigeration space – most drinks (e.g. wine, beer, sparkling apple cider) are fine if stored in a cool, not cold, space.

5 Days Before:

Buy the turkey (!!!) and check one more time with your friends and relatives if there are any special dietary needs. Asking ahead encourages them to be honest with you which saves you and your sous chef time and stress the day-of.

2 Days Before:

Buy all perishable goods you may need.

Set the table! Having this set saves you time and energy.

The Day Before:

Prepare as many dishes ahead of time as you can. Brine the turkey, prepare the stuffing raw so all you have to do is pop it into the oven. Make any sauces you’ll want except for the gravy.

Photo Credit: Andy Chilton

Thanksgiving Day:

At this point, all you’ll have to do is cook the turkey and the couple of dishes you couldn’t prepare the day before. Everything else will be ready to go so you can welcome guests with confidence into your home. And so you can sit back and enjoy the day as much as everyone else. (Definitely give dish duty to someone else!)

We here at Maid Right are grateful for all our partners, customers that we work with and the neighborhoods and communities we are proud to be a part of. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!