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Thankfully Simple - Your No-Stress Turkey Day Plan

It's so hard to believe but Thanksgiving is just around the corner. If you have a good ol' fashioned Thanksgiving celebration on the agenda this year, read this quick, week-of prep guide and be thankful for no last minute grocery trips, or stressful ‘oh shoot- I forgot to defrost the turkey' moments. You can thank us later.


  • Confirm your guest list
  • Clean out fridge and freezer to make space
  • Make gravy from stock or broth and freeze
  • Make pie dough, roll out and freeze discs


  • Move a 20lb turkey into the fridge to thaw
  • Ensure you have the right tools, and serving dishes and pick up any platters or serving utencils
  • Prep the table! (Reference our perfect fall tables-cape blog post from out friends at PartyTrick!)


  • Cut your dry bread/toast into cubes for the stuffing
  • Prep and refrigerate any casseroles
  • Prep and refrigerate fresh cranberry sauce
  • Last day to submit any TULA requests before the holiday weekend (errands, decor prep, grocery runs etc.)


  • Prep potatoes and refrigerate covered in water
  • Wash and chop any needed vegetables
  • Assemble stuffing and refrigerate
  • Defrost pie dough and bake pies


  • Put wine and drinks in the fridge or cooler to chill
  • Boil and mash potatoes - keep warm in a slow cooker
  • Roast the turkey until done, plan to let it rest for up to an hour (at a minimum-30 minutes)
  • Heat sides, casseroles, and gravy
  • Assemble salads, cook veggies
  • Carve your turkey
  • Light the candles
  • ENJOY! 


  • Plan for 1-1.5 pounds of turkey per person
  • Thaw frozen turkey 24 Hours per 4-5 pounds
  • Roast at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes per pound
  • Cook to 165 degrees in breast and 170-175 in thigh

Wishing you an extra special Thanksgiving from all of us at TULA!