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For some it’s the almost forgotten holiday. It’s the one sandwiched in between the excitement of Halloween and the hustle & bustle of Christmas. Oh, they’ll make sure to eat some turkey and stuffing on that November date, but they’ve already moved on to the next holiday.
For me….Thanksgiving is everything.
It’s about family.
Oh, there will be football (I’m in Texas after all) and there will be amazing food, and there might even be a few deals gotten online that evening, but at the heart of it, at the very core, are some of the most precious memories I cling to.
You see, Thanksgiving day was the very last time my family was all together before my mom passed away.
Oh how I’m so thankful for those memories and family photos.
There was laughter. There was football. There were way too many desserts (we celebrated a family birthday too).
There was even a little fear (I was a newlywed and this was my first time hosting everyone at our home). Would I burn the turkey? No – but I definitely didn’t put the turkey in the oven as soon as I should have. (Thank goodness I had ordered a pre-cooked turkey for the big day). Mom promised to help me to roast a turkey myself the next Thanksgiving……little did we know that she wouldn’t be able to honor that promise.
But here’s the thing……I’ve continued the tradition of hosting my family for Thanksgiving. And though it has changed considerably, and despite a lot of challenges, the holiday gathering has remained something so dear to my heart.
There’s nothing like a house full of guests, especially when those guests are family. I imagine my mom smiling down on us each November as we gather and I hope she’s impressed with my turkey skills. I finally learned how to roast that turkey and even make my own giblet gravy.
A house full of guests brings so much fun and excitement, but it also takes a lot of prep work. I realized early on that it wasn’t something I could just pull off last minute……there’s always planning that needs to be done.
For me, that means LISTS! And I adore LISTS! To help, I’ve created a Thanksgiving Guest Prep Checklist – one blank for you to fill out completely and another which I’ve started for you.
FREE PRINTABLES (ABOVE) –>Free Thanksgiving Checklist Printable and Free Thanksgiving Checklist Printable with Suggestions!
Now let’s talk about the Easy Steps to Thanksgiving Guest Prep!
Timing – By invitation, I don’t mean that you have to send a formal (or even a casual) invite to family and friends. What I’m talking about here is making sure your invitation is extended in plenty of time so that everyone can plan accordingly. If you usually host the holiday and this year are planning on taking a trip to the Caribbean instead, let everyone know well before November.
Clear – Make it clear if you are offering a stay at your home or just Thanksgiving dinner. Sometimes these little things can be easily misconstrued.
GUEST ROOM PREP
Let’s prepare and make the guest room cozy.
- Clear the clutter – remove items on tabletops, especially anything that you would hate to see accidentally broken
- Provide just a few extra hangers in the closet
- Make room for a suitcase to easily slide under the bed or be in corner
- Dust & Vacuum
- Wash Linens
- Provide an extra blanket to use in case of cold
- Want to be Over-The-Top? They won’t mind chocolates on their pillow or a welcome banner made by the kids
GUEST BATH PREP
This is where your prep will make the most impact with your guests. There is one overriding theme here (based on my own experience as a guest) – overstock! There’s nothing worse than having to “search” through someone else’s bathroom for items.
- Launder Towels
- Stock Towels and show guests where they are – remember to have 1 bath towel per guest and at least 1 washcloth per guest, per day. Guests can feel uncomfortable speaking up asking for additional.
- Prepare a “goodie bag” of small extra toiletries in case guests have forgotten anything
- Empty trash bins
- Consider adding a candle
- Clean Bathroom Vanity and any Mirrors – my favorite go-to product for this is always Windex® Original Glass Cleaner. TIP: If you are pressed for time and need a speedier option, choose Windex® Original Glass Wipes.
- Clean Toilet – not my favorite job in the world but made tons easier thanks to Scrubbing Bubbles® Toilet Cleaning Gel.
- Clean Shower and/or Bathtub – Remember not to forget the bathtub (especially if kids are visiting). My go-to helper here is always Disinfectant Scrubbing Bubbles® Bathroom Cleaner.
- Stock OverStock and ReStock Bath Tissue – this is the one thing you don’t want to forget!
Windex® and Scrubbing Bubbles® are staples in bathroom cleaning for my family and are easily found at your local Walmart in the “Paper and Cleaning Aisle”.
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- Save $1.00 on any TWO (2) Windex® Products
- Save $1.00 on any TWO (2) Scrubbing Bubbles® Bathroom Cleaning Products
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These are some awesome tips and I absolutely love your list. Thanks for sharing!
It’s weird because after years I am just gonna skip going to michigan for the holidays. I am gonna take myslef out the dinner and go to the movies and get up early for black friday. i am kinda excited. lol
These are great tips and I love the lists you shared, that I can print to prepare for Thanksgiving!
Ohhh I love to clean the entire house before Thanksgiving, I do my deep cleaning every year just to make sure all is sparkly before guest arrive. Love using the Scrubbing Bubble product line, loved your check list, will print that out for sure. Thanks for sharing
Dawn Lopez says
I feel the same way about Thanksgiving as you do. When someone mentions Thanksgiving the first thing that pops into my head isn’t turkey (or football) but the faces of the family I love so much! Thanks for the printables and reminders. Great idea! 🙂
Jenn @TheRebelChick says
This kinda makes me feel guilty about skipping Thanksgiving with my family this year! I am going to join a friend and her family for Thanksgiving in Germany to do something totally different. Now I feel bad for leaving my mom to handle all of the prep on her own!
A Frugal Friend says
Oh no, don’t feel bad Jenn. Actually it turns out that with my broken foot this year, I’m not going to be hosting. I’m taking the year off myself. You gotta do what you gotta do. And Thanksgiving in Germany sounds like amazing memories! 🙂 Enjoy!
I love the checklist you made! I get overwhelmed trying to figure out what all I need to do.
A Frugal Friend says
Thanks Pam…..it is easy to get overwhelmed when you are the hostess, isn’t it?
Great ideas to make sure Thanksgiving is perfect without any mishaps. Wishing you good Thanksgiving memories for the future to mix with your precious memories from the past.