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Thanksgiving Meal Schedule

Use these tips as a guideline for your own holiday celebration.

The Week of (Now!)

  • Begin thawing your turkey - allow 1 day for every 4 pounds of turkey. View an online thawing video at Butterball.com
  • If you haven't already purchased, make sure you buy a fresh turkey three days in advance
  • Stock up on ice
  • Find all of your containers for the leftovers
  • Prepare your holiday table centerpiece
  • Clean and polish the china and silverware

The Day Before (Wednesday)
  • Make all desserts and place them in the fridge
  • Restock the logs in the fireplace
  • Do the prep work for your holiday meal (like chopping veggies, preparing salads etc…)
  • Pick up fresh flowers
  • Prepare the stuffing
  • Clean the house
  • Decorate for the festivities
Thanksgiving Day (Thursday)
  • Stuff the turkey and put the turkey in the oven
  • Assemble and dress salad
  • Prepare and cook side dishes
  • Set the table
  • Chill the glasses
  • Turn on your favorite holiday music
  • Light the candles
  • Put out the Hors d'oeuvres
  • Call 1-800-BUTTERBALL with any last minute questions
  • Enjoy a fabulous Thanksgiving!
The Day After (Friday)
  • Consult Butterball.com for some tasty leftover recipes
  • Make sure your leftovers are still safe to eat
  • Relax
  • Shop

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