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This month it’s Thanksgiving, and the Overlook at Franklin Square Blog has some tips to help you get the turkey on the table without having major mishaps! Advanced planning is a key to help everything go smoothly. From figuring out the menu to deciding who to invite, it’s all a part of creating a memory.  We’ve got some ideas we think will be helpful.  


Create a well-rounded menu.

Many people think of stuffing, pumpkin pie, and turkey when they think of Thanksgiving dinner. However, it’s your day, so adapt your menu according to what you and your guests like and are able to cook. Ask who’s attending if they have any dietary restrictions you should be aware of as you’re planning the menu and handing out assignments. Using a timeline to keep yourself on track can be a godsend. For a light-hearted look at your Thanksgiving cooking timeline, check out The Pioneer Woman Cooks, take on it.  For something a little more straight-forward we like Thanksgiving cooking schedule from Real Simple.


Ask for help.

It’s perfectly okay to ask for some help. Delegating some of your tasks to others can take a lot of stress off your shoulders! It’s a great way to help others feel included, so see how they can assist you. Whether they’re helping you prepare food or clean, you’ll appreciate the extra time and simplicity of having someone else there who is a support to you.


Decorate your apartment with a fall theme.

If you haven’t already decorated your apartment with a fall theme, the beginning of November is the perfect time to do it. A colorful display of leaves, gourds, and mini pumpkins nestled in a cornucopia is a classic way to bring a bit of the outside fall indoors. Another idea is to create a thankful tree, box, or collage and fill it with thanks throughout the month — to be read on Thanksgiving.


Here are some ideas for creating a Thankful Tree:


Thankful Tree Turkey by Dandelion Patina.


Thankfulness Tree from The Happy Housewife.


The Thankful Tree from Founterior.


Relax and enjoy your guests.

The holidays are for enjoying, so let yourself take a second to kick back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your hard work! Let your body and mind rest so you don’t crash at an inopportune time. It’s okay if everything doesn’t turn out perfectly. If a mishap occurs, step back, take a breath, and roll with it.


We hope these tips are helpful to members of our apartment community. We want to wish everyone an amazing holiday weekend, whether you spend it here in Baltimore, in Maryland, or across the country! Thanks for reading today’s blog post.