It’s official—there’s only one week until Thanksgiving! Are you ready?
By now, you probably have your list of foods that you will be making as well a general idea of who all is coming to dinner. This is the time to make sure you have everything you need to accommodate your guests and all that food. While it may sound trivial, making sure you have all the small details nailed down will ensure that your day goes smoothly and is as stress-free as possible.
Think about it…everyone is going to need a place to sit. Even if you don’t plan on having formal seating arrangements, you do need to make sure that no one is left standing. Take a minute to double check that you can find a place to seat everyone.
You also need to make sure you have enough plates and utensils to go around. It’s always a good idea to plan for a few extra place settings just in case unexpected guest arrive, folks decide to hit the dinner buffet a few times or if dishes take a spill.
Don’t forget about serving dishes and utensils! Those are often overlooked and you find yourself scrambling to figure out what to use to serve up those mashed potatoes before they get cold!
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- What are some things that have you scrambling at the last minute around the holidays?
Things that are on sale that I may have a coupon to go with…sides, drinks.
I am a firm believer in lists, so that I am not scrambling at the last moment.
to clean the house
Last minute decluttering the house, after cleaning up.
Cleaning up clutter and kitchen
cleaning the kids playroom and setting the table for 15 people….it’s a long table 🙂
Cleaning and groceries.
Last minute or unexpected guests. But we always have enough food for Thanksgiving but Christmas..this is why I keep universal gifts.
Adding last minute food for extras!!!!
Constant picking up behind my 3 boys before everyone arrives will keep me scrambling until the last second!
Just trying to decide what to cook.
We are always rushing to get the turkey and ham on the platters before all our guests arrive.
Trying to make sure I’m getting the best deals and coupons for so many more products than I usually buy.
I am pretty organized so I rarely have to scramble but, for some reason, no matter how meticulously I have planned I always end up needing to run out and grab one item. It’s never the same item and it’s never two or three, just one item.
Cleaning, because I always put it off.
When the ones coming make a last minute schedule change .
I always scramble to take care of myself before holidays- like have my nails done or hair. The rest is pretty much all done 😉
As much as i depend on all my lists – there is always something I forget.! Last year it was aluminum foil. Sent one of my kids to neighbors to borrow some!
What makes me scramble – guests that are late!
For me, it’s cleaning up the house because with the mess created by preparing the food, it’s easy to forget to straighten up the living and dining areas while cleaning the kitchen.
Cleaning the kitchen
Getting gifts to keep all my lady friends happy!
Cleaning my whole house!
Getting the guest rooms all ready.
Cleaning and straightening up usually has me scrambling around the holidays
Getting the Christmas cards out to all on the list before Christmas!
Not having enough gift wrap paper or gift bags
I’m usually scrambling with some last minute cleaning up.
Last minute cleaning up the house before guests arrive
For me it’s that last minute scramble to make sure the house is sparkling clean. I love the hustle and scramble though. It’s all worth it in the end. You get to hibernate and do online shopping with a ton of leftovers for the long weekend.
Even with careful planning and to-do lists, SOMETHING always gets forgotten, no idea what it will be this year ! 🙂
Nothing because I’m not entertaining at home.
I scramble to make sure everything is ready at the same time. Then putting out all the food on the buffet.
I scramble to buy my last minute fresh ingredients!
My scramble is always to clean the floor last just before guests arrive.
I scramble to wipe down all the kitchen counters and floor.
Last minute guests always leaving scrambling for last minute items to feed everybody.
Getting shopping done and all the parties over holidays leave me scrambling
Realizing you missed something and have to hit Publix and the madness the day before. I swear it never fails and I waste so much time having to go to the store. And I do make a list and still miss something. However the compliments I receive make up for it.
I do a quick cleaning before hand and a deep cleaning when all is said and done.
Serving spoons 🙂
I am a last minute person but I don’t scramble anymore…..I’ve learned to just take it easy.
I wait until eve before I do my shopping
Condiments. I don’t use them, so I don’t think about them. But, they’re always something others want//need and I never have them ready.
I know we always have way too much food, but I keep adding things, so everyone can take some home with them. That leaves me scrambling to keep everything else warm. It’s a mom thing. You love it when your grown kids love your cooking and your leftovers.
Due to illness in the family, we have a change of venue! We are all scrambling to get everything done!!
Last minute tidy up and make sure everything is in order for the guests.
I’m constantly scrambling last minute making sure I’ve gotten all my decorations for my guests!
Things that have me scrambling last minute are simple things we forgot…like last years coolwhip for the pies. You cant have pie without a little dollop. Or worse yet family members call and say they are running late. The problem…start eating without them or hold off until they get to house
Finishing up making the desserts!
Getting the great last minute deals.
Last minute cleaning up the house
I struggle when people wait until the last minute to tell me I have to make something for a function, and then they specify what I have to bring. I need advance notice to fit it in my budget.
I really don’t..haha..don’t hate me.
The only challenge I have is timing to get the food all on the tables hot att once.
Making the gravy and biscuits at the end so hot!
Trying to fit a healthy breakfast in on the days when I am super busy. The best example is Thanksgiving day. One Thanksgiving it was actually easier to get my sister to go and buy breakfast out to eat.
Trying to make room in the fridge!
Trying to get everything hot at the same time.
Trying to manage the newborn feedings with family time and dinner throw in a toddler and it’s gonna be a bumpy ride !
I always forget an ingredient and have to rush to the store last minute and I try my best to empty the fridge as much as I can to make room for all the leftovers
I always try to plan enough food for everyone that will join us but some years have left me with wasted food because plans have changed for my guests or not enough food because of surprise guests. I am left with the task of trying to figure out what I should cook in order to not be wasteful but to also plentiful.
Grocery shopping, cooking, baking, Setting the table, appetizers, gift wrapping, stocking stuffers, mailing xmas cards, and finding everyone the perfect gift that is not a gift card!
I am always scrambling to make my side dishes at the last minute.
Usually have everything until a new can’t pass up deal pops up on I Heart Publix!
Usually there is some ingredient I have forgotten for a recipe and I have to run to Publix at the last minute to get it…
Trying to make everything hot at the same time
About the only thing that I am scrambling to do at the last minute is cleaning and straightening up the house especially the kitchen.
Having the meal all finished at the same time.
I scramble last minute to bake a variety of desserts, since we travel to see family and desserts travel. I am normally making at least 4-6 dozen cookies, various sweet breads, bars and more! Hope you have a wonderful day!
Last minute declutter
Containers for my home-made cheese ball that I make for family and friends. Ziploc to the rescue with their Holiday containers! So festive!
Making sure I have everything I need for the big day. I always forget something!
I just realized that one thing that always has us scrambling is remembering to get extra Tupperware, to give or receive food.
Keeping up with my husband after shoulder replacement surgery a week ago, but trying to clean here as well as making something to bring to friends houses if we go!!!
Now where DID we put that turkey platter? Off to look for that now so we don’t have to do it last minute!! Thanks for the reminder.
Scrambling because the grandsons are out of school and I was told I had to keep them!!! HELP! How will I get it all done!
I also forget to grab extra forks and knives. Also making sure we have all the condiments.
shopping & cooking
Cleaning up the mess I made from all the cooking and baking.
Cleaning up the messes.
I’m always scrambling to have all the food ready at the same time. Seems like we’re always waiting on one more thing to finish cooking!
Everything!! I live 800 miles away from most of the family so if I don’t travel then I have to do everything myself so I’m always scrambling!!
Running to get fresh Christmas flowers at Publix for the Holiday table.