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How to Prep Your Kitchen for Thanksgiving

Having the family over for Thanksgiving? With everything from cooking and cleaning to decorating your home, prepping for the holidays can be a lot of work. Don't get caught up in kitchen with tedious tasks... spend more time with your family and celebrate all that you're thankful for! Use our prep tips to help #keepfamilyfirst, all while being the king or queen of the kitchen this holiday season.


Cleaning the Kitchen & Appliances



  • Vacuum the day before company arrives... don't worry about cleaning the day of!

  • Organize and clean your refrigerator in advance to make room for leftovers... they're the best!

  • Tidy up the kitchen. Put away anything that looks messy or might get in the way.

  • Clean your coffee maker or Keurig.

  • Clean your oven and range in advance.

  • Empty your dishwasher or clean out your sink to be ready for your company's dishes.


Tips for Setting the TableSetting the table



  • Set your dinner table in advance with a place setting for each guest.

  • Use crafty place cards.

  • Add some colorful napkins (like crimson red, mustard yellow, or burnt orange).

  • Create a fall-themed centerpiece using sunflowers, leaves, pinecones, and ribbons.

  • Make a cornucopia.

  • Place gourds and pumpkins on the table.

  • Incorporate some flameless battery-operated candles.

  • Set the scene with LED lighting.

  • Include a fall-themed tablecloth or table runner.

  • Play background music through your home audio system.

  • Set up a VIP kids' table. Give the kiddos time to chat and enjoy time with their siblings, cousins, and friends.

  • Add crayons and coloring pages at the VIP kids' table.



  • Set your dinner table in advance with a place setting for each guest.

  • Use crafty place cards.

  • Add some colorful napkins (like crimson red, mustard yellow, or burnt orange).

  • Create a fall-themed centerpiece using sunflowers, leaves, pinecones, and ribbons.

  • Make a cornucopia.

  • Place gourds and pumpkins on the table.

  • Incorporate some flameless battery-operated candles.

  • Set the scene with LED lighting.

  • Include a fall-themed tablecloth or table runner.

  • Play background music through your home audio system.

  • Set up a VIP kids' table. Give the kiddos time to chat and enjoy time with their siblings, cousins, and friends.

  • Add crayons and coloring pages at the VIP kids' table.


Prepping Your FoodMother and daughter cooking



  • Prep side dishes, appetizers, or desserts the night before if possible.

  • Cook with your family; prepare meals with your kids or grand kids. #keepfamilyfirst

  • Set up an appetizer table with plates, utensils, and napkins.

  • Prepare ingredients for dishes being cooked on Thanksgiving.

  • Make a toppings station next to the dinner table. Easy toppings can include cranberries, walnuts, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, almonds, raisins, marshmallows, pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice, gingerbread spice, vanilla, and brown sugar.

  • Leave enough time to heat or reheat prepared food in the microwave or oven.


Prepping Your Drinks



  • Set up a beverage station with fall-themed cups and glasses.

  • Incorporate a beverage center or wine cooler.

  • Put out an ice bucket (add the ice before company arrives).

  • Plan additional, fall-themed beverage options in advance (apple cider, infused water, or herbal tea).


After everyone's done eating a wonderful Thanksgiving meal, make sure to spend some time together with family:


#KeepFamilyFirst IdeasFamily at Thanksgiving dinner table



  • Leave a note at each guests' table setting telling them why you're thankful for them.

  • Clean up the dinner table with team effort.

  • Prepare dessert together.

  • Share pumpkin or sweet potato pie.

  • Play games with the family (card games, board games, crafts).

  • Tell stories about Thanksgiving when you were a kid.

  • Set up crafts for the kids (paint hand turkeys).

  • Take lots of pictures with your camera.

  • Make a collage or scrapbook with your family.

  • Watch TV together (football or holiday movies).

  • Make plans for the holidays.

  • Play video games.

  • Watch home videos.

  • Make a new home video.

  • Enjoy each other's company & be thankful!


The P.C. Richard & Son family hopes you and your family enjoy your time with each other. After all, Thanksgiving is all about celebrating all that we're most thankful for. Have a happy holiday!


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