The Weekend IT List
1. Finalize Your Thanksgiving Menu. If you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner, you need to settle on the menu so you can make sure you have all your ingredients and the right amount of servings per dish. If you still need help figuring these things out, you can use this great interactive Thanksgiving menu planning tool on Epicurious.
2. Snatch up Pumpkins and Squash. Now is the perfect time to get pumpkins and decorative winter squash on sale for last-minute Thanksgiving decor and for food presentation. You can use mini pumpkins to create chic individual servings of soup or stuffing.
3. Don't Show up Empty-Handed. If you're attending Thanksgiving Dinner at someone's home, don't forget to bring a host/ hostess gift. If you find yourself picking up a hostess gift at the last minute, don't fret. A nice holiday candle from Bath & Body works or a fancy serving tray from Target will do just fine. If you're pressed for cash, you can make an easy and inexpensive DIY hostess gift ; freshly-baked treats dressed up in a beautiful holiday tin are always appreciated.
4. Get Cooking! There are several things on any Thanksgiving menu that can be made ahead of time. To ensure you don't have too much to do on Thanksgiving, and so you'll have more time to spend with friends and family, make or prep as many things as you can a day or two in advance. Some things can be made several days ahead, like the cranberry sauce.
5. Plan Your Holiday Shopping. Black Friday is not something to do at the last minute on a whim. If you're going to do it, you need to know exactly where you're going to shop and exactly which items you want to fight for. Here is a nice thorough list of the best Black Friday deals for 2013. Or just do like I do now that I'm too old and fussy for the crowds - shop Black Friday deals online!
*Image by Krisztina Williams for use in my upcoming cook book. All rights reserved.