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A 10-Day Timeline for Hosting Friendsgiving

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Whether it's your first time hosting Friendsgiving or you've played host a few times before, this is the 10-day timeline that will set your celebration up for success. From sending out a side dish sign-up sheet to buying the bird, here's how to do it.

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10 Days Before Friendsgiving: Make Your Plan

I believe that the sooner you get planning, the smoother things will roll along. And while it's never too soon to start planning your Friendsgiving, about 10 days before the feast is a good time to get started. For Friendsgiving, the host usually prepares the main — in this instance, we're talking turkey — and the sides are brought by the guests. This plan will give you the details for working that particular plan.

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7 Days Before Friendsgiving: Time to Shop

Make a list, check it twice, and buy your turkey.

Tips for Buying the Turkey

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4 Days Before Friendsgiving: Thaw the Turkey!

If you have a frozen turkey, remember that it needs plenty of time to thaw.

Here's how: How To Safely Thaw a Turkey

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2 Days Before Friendsgiving: Time to Brine

If you're planning to brine the turkey, now's the time to get started on that. It's also a good time to tidy up in preparation of guests.

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The Day Before Friendsgiving: Set the Table

No reason to wait until the last minute to set the table.

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4 Hours Before Friendsgiving: Cook the Turkey

Time to get cooking.

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1 Hour Before Friendsgiving

It's almost time to eat! Here are the last-minute tasks you'll need to tackle.

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Cheers!

You did it! Sure, there might be a few snafus along the way, but when you sit down to enjoy this meal with your best pals, you can leave all the worry and stress behind. There's so much to be grateful for, and the company is just the start of what you're here to celebrate. Enjoy!

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