Are you in charge of the family Thanksgiving Meal this year? Would you like to know the steps involved to create that perfect family meal without the added stress or pressure? It all starts with a little bit of planning so let’s get started.

Step 1:

Make your guest list

If you don’t know the amount of mouths you’ll be feeding it makes it hard to figure out how much food you will need. Contact friends and family early and request they RSVP by a certain date. If you are entertaining a large crowd — it’s best to plan for at least 2 extra guests. Pea-pod is a convenient online grocery shopping service. During Thanksgiving, they offer complete dinners, it’s really a one-stop shop for your holiday needs. Check it out here!

Step 2:

Plan the Meal

Great! You’ve figured out how many guests you’ll have. Now on to the fun part. What will you eat?

If you have family and friends that will be bringing side dishes, it’s best to get them sorted out now. Take notes on who will be bringing what. There’s plenty of incredible delicious ideas and recipes found on If all else fails, check out this awesome no fail menu by williams-sonoma.

Step 3:

The Final Plan

Once you determine what you’ll be serving, it’s time to break it down to manageable tasks. Create your grocery list and a timeline of the items you’ll be cooking. Keep your recipes in hand so you know exactly what you’ll need. Things like spices, tools and napkins might get overlooked, so make sure you check your inventory first. Get as much done as early as possible, to avoid that last minute rush.

Most importantly, remember it’s a time for us to spend giving thanks with feasting and prayer for the blessings that we have received during this year.