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Don’t Forget! Everything You Need to Know for Thanksgiving Eve

Last Updated on November 5, 2021

‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving and before pacing throughout the house, you found the perfect last-minute guide with the click of a mouse.

Prepping and planning for a Thanksgiving celebration takes a lot of work, whether it’s your first time or your fifteenth time hosting the special holiday meal. The night before is definitely crunch time.

Use these simple tips to keep track of everything as you get ready for the big day.

turkey on a rack

Brine Overnight

This is the secret to a tender turkey! Just soak your turkey in a salt-based water mixture. Combine salt, sugar, and water, or try this Easy Apple Cider Brine.

Prep Your Sides

The morning is going to be crazy. Do the chopping and dicing tonight, so you can spend more time with your friends and family tomorrow. 

Bake Pies and Desserts

You’re going to need that valuable oven space for your turkey and trimmings. Go ahead and bake your treats tonight (just try not to dig in before tomorrow!).

the perfect turkey thanksgiving

Get the Table Ready

You might not want to actually set your table, but you can spend a little extra time tonight making it pretty. Put out any flowers or decorations, and get all of your serving dishes, utensils, plates, and glasses ready (that means making sure you have enough for everyone and checking that they’re nice and clean).

thanksgiving setting table

Take a Breath

It’s only one meal, after all. Your friends and family are here to support you, and you’re going to do great!

Danielle Sirk is the Senior Copywriter at ButcherBox with a background in storytelling and food marketing. She believes in the power of meal prepping, poetry, running, and the great outdoors.