Served at 3:00 PM
Baked Raspberry Brie
Served at 5:00 PM
Oven Roasted Turkey (14 lbs)
Turkey Dripping Gravy
Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Crumble
Green Bean Casserole
Individual Spinach + Artichoke Macaroni Bites
Sweet Yellow Corn
Crescent Rolls with Cinnamon Butter Spread
Mom's Pecan Pumpkin Pie
Apple Carrot Cake
Give your table setting a dry run to make sure that you have enough plates, serving dishes, napkins, utensils, and glasses. It may seem unnecessary, but it easy to over-estimate what you have on hand.
2. Plan for Surprises
There's no need to cook more than you need -- but it is best to have enough for one or two more in case of surprise guests.
Make sure you have a few extra place settings too.
3. Get Brewing
Set up the coffee maker before you sit down to dinner so that you can have hot coffee ready as soon as you hit your dessert course.
4. Brown Paper Packages
Before your dishes move from the kitchen to the table, be prepared for them to return to the kitchen. Try to clean up prep space as you work. Then, lay out the leftover packing supplies. If you have guests heading on their way after dinner, wrap up a serving or two for them to take home.
5. Be Thankful
Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of burning rolls and mixed up seating arrangements, we can forget to be thankful. Or the family sits down at the table and plays and awkward game of who's going to say the blessing. No need to put anyone on the spot, prepare a prayer or poem card for each of you guests that the group can recite together.