Ten Essential Thanksgiving Planning Tips


Tip #6: Select a floral centerpiece or use silk autumn leaf garlands as a foundation for fresh fruit, vegetables, small flower arrangements, and candles.

Apple Centerpiece

Fresh fruit combined with leaves make a beautiful centerpiece.

For a turkey that’s ready to slip into the oven on Thanksgiving morning, allow 3 to 4 days for a 20-pound turkey to thoroughly defrost in the refrigerator. If you purchase your turkey on the later side or forget to remove it from the freezer several days ahead, then fill a clean sink with cool water and defrost the turkey in its wrapper in the sink, changing the water frequently, and placing the turkey back in the refrigerator overnight. A 20-pound turkey will take two days to defrost in this manner.