Tip #1: Plan the menu one week in advance. Include traditional family favorites, but add one or two new dishes for variety.
I begin by planning my menu one week in advance to take advantage of supermarket specials and avoid crowded stores and long checkout lines. A last-minute trip to the store for fresh ingredients a day or two before Thanksgiving is quick and easy when the bulk of my shopping is already done. Thanksgiving is a time for traditional family recipes, but I often like to include one or two new ones. Having plenty of time to shop and prepare my menu goes a long way toward bringing it all together.