Two Weeks Before
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Start shopping for non-perishables and frozen items now. Remember you'll be putting out about $50 for a 10-person meal, and if you ask guests to bring desserts, you'll be able to stay within your budget. Thanksgiving Day wouldn't be the same without catching the Macy's Parade or a football game, and if you compare TV providers you'll get better deals on some of the sports channels.
A Week Before
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Bake ahead. Rolls, mashed potatoes, pie crusts, soup stocks and gravy can be made, and frozen, up to two weeks before.
If you live in tight quarters, consider moving things around to make your home seem more spacious and comfortable for your guests. Take out unnecessary coffee tables and large decorative pieces, moving them to a room that will go unused. Plan seating arrangements and wash the linens.
Thanksgiving Day Week
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