10 Things to Do Now To Get Ready for Thanksgiving

As hard as it is to believe, it’s time to get ready for Thanksgiving. Here are my top 10 suggestions to do before Thanksgiving weekend to make your holidays much more enjoyable. And I’ll be hosting a book signing this Saturday, November 11 from 10-1 at the Summer Classics Home store at 3140 Pelham Parkway, Pelham, AL 35124.

If you knock out this list, you can sit by the fire and relax this holiday.

1. Make cornbread for dressing, crumble, and freeze. See Leslie’s Tried-and-True Cornbread, Leslie’s Party Diaries, page 179. (To buy book: lesliespartydiaries.com or dearpartydiary.com $39 plus tax/shipping)

The secret to Leslie’s Tried-and-True Cornbread is Martha White’s White Self-Rising Cornmeal Mix.


2. Order Christmas cards, address,stamp, and have ready to mail. Beat the rush! It’s nice not to have them hanging over your head. You will have more time to relax and enjoy the holiday season.

3. Get your holiday party date nailed down and on the calendar. Call it and start planning!

The tree is the centerpiece of my holiday decorating so I like to invite friends and family over to see it once it’s decorated.

4. Purchase containers and packaging for all friends’ and neighbors’ food gifts, before they are picked over. Have them washed and ready to go.

5. Stock up on extra Christmas lights and votives, just in case!

6. Thoroughly clean out your refrigerator and freezer. “Declutter” your laundry room and pantry. You’ll be glad these are done—trust me.

7. Make a couple of fun dinner reservations. (See #8)

8. Buy a couple of festive holiday tops or outfits. (See #7)

9. Purchase giftwrap, ribbon, boxes, tissue, and gift tags so you can WRAP AS YOU GO. You’ll be thanking me on this one.

10. Lose 2 to 3 pounds.


About Leslie Byars Register: She left her native home of Mayfield, Kentucky to study art, her passion since early childhood. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Art degree from The University of Alabama, she started searching for a way to use her education, ending up as a senior photo stylist for Southern Living magazine for nine years. Since then Leslie has contributed as a freelance stylist to many other well-known publications such as Cooking Light, Oxmoor House Publishing, Cooking with Paula Deen, and Birmingham Home and Garden Magazine. With the combination of art and good food, entertaining came easy. Leslie has longtime had a yearning to share her passion with others. Buy her book Leslie’s Party Diaries here or read her Dear Party Diary blog here.

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