2) Write out the menu. Be sure to include mostly tried and true recipes. This is not a good time to try new recipes. Don’t forget to include some make-ahead dishes.
3) Do the math - Based upon the number of guests, determine the amount of servings needed. Do you want leftovers? If your guests are staying with you for another meal, plan for leftovers. Have ingredients on hand to prepare meals from leftover turkey and ham.
4) If guests offer to contribute, ask them to bring an appetizer, dessert or their favorite side-dish.
5) Write a grocery list and check it twice to prevent stressful last minute trips to the grocery store.
6) Don’t wait until the day before the dinner to grocery shop. Stores will be crowded and possibly out of some of the ingredients you need.
7) Clean out the refrigerator a few days in advance so there is plenty of room for groceries and leftovers.
8) The night before the big dinner, plan a very easy meal or eat out.
9) Set the table and chop vegetables the night before.
10) Make a file or binder with menu, shopping list and recipes for next year taking note of what worked and what didn’t.