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Guide to Hosting the Perfect Thanksgiving: Week 3

Guide to Hosting the Perfect Thanksgiving: Week 3

You’re almost there! By now, the menu is set, the flowers are ordered, and you’ve figured out how you’re going to set the table. Now is the time to focus on the rest of the house, as well as any activities and elements of the celebration you want to include, be it something the kids can make, games, a toast (or two), or something outside like a walk in the woods.

Click here to see last week’s planner.

1. Laundry Prep

Hosting overnight guests? Wash the guest towels and sheets now and ready their rooms. Be sure you have plenty of clean, washed kitchen towels to reserve for the Big Cook. Check the oven mitts, as well — you wouldn’t want to discover a hole in the mitt while holding the roast bird on Thanksgiving Day.

2. Stock Up on Essentials

Many hosts forget to check the bathroom before having guests over. Make it a part of your turkey-day checklist and stock up on essentials like paper towels, toilet paper, dish soap, dishwasher fluid, Advil, tissues, etc.

3. Fill the Pantry and Freezer

Items like frozen cranberries, wild rice, breadcrumbs, marshmallows, and nuts can all be purchased now — then cross ‘em off the list!

4. Pull Out the Decorations

Set up your nonperishable table décor items, such as pumpkins, candles, fabric turkeys, and pilgrims, so you know what you’re working with next week when you set the table.

5. Begin Cooking

If you’re making homemade stock, make it ahead to freeze now. If you’re trying a new recipe, it’s best to do a run-through now so you know what to do come Thanksgiving Day.

6. Make Your Playlist

A celebration isn’t a celebration without good music. As you’ll be doing plenty of cooking, you’ll want something upbeat to rock out to when laboring over the stove or stuffing the turkey — it keeps things fun.

7. Plan Thanksgiving Day Activities

Depending on whom you’re entertaining, having some games or other activities to keep guests occupied will ensure that both you and those around you have a good time. Think about who will be making the toast, and if it is you, what you will say. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Click here for the planners for week one and here for week two.


Your Perfect Thanksgiving Week Workout Plan

A typical Thanksgiving meal can pack more calories than you typically burn off in week! Here's how to offset the damage with a week's worth of fitness tips and tricks. Follow this guide to have your pumpkin pie and, yes, eat it too.

Turkeys aren’t the only ones who should be nervous as Thanksgiving approaches. A typical fully loaded dinner contains as many as 3,000 calories, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE). That’s nearly double the typical daily recommended intake for many adult women, and more than most people burn off with a whole week’s worth of exercise. No wonder that a New England Journal of Medicine study found that the average normal-weight person gains almost a pound during the holiday season, and the average overweight or obese person packs on five.

But we don’t want to be a Thanksgiving Grinch, so we asked Everyday Health fitness expert Jennifer Bayliss, ATC, CSCS, how to still indulge on turkey day without padding your waistline. The result: This simple weeklong fitness plan designed to burn off an extra 500 calories each day of Thanksgiving week by combining heart-pumping workouts with calorie-blasting everyday activities. Pick from Bayliss’ suggestions each day (all calorie counts are based on a 150-pound adult) to skate through Thanksgiving unscathed, or create your own routine by browsing exercises in My Calorie Counter.


Your Perfect Thanksgiving Week Workout Plan

A typical Thanksgiving meal can pack more calories than you typically burn off in week! Here's how to offset the damage with a week's worth of fitness tips and tricks. Follow this guide to have your pumpkin pie and, yes, eat it too.

Turkeys aren’t the only ones who should be nervous as Thanksgiving approaches. A typical fully loaded dinner contains as many as 3,000 calories, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE). That’s nearly double the typical daily recommended intake for many adult women, and more than most people burn off with a whole week’s worth of exercise. No wonder that a New England Journal of Medicine study found that the average normal-weight person gains almost a pound during the holiday season, and the average overweight or obese person packs on five.

But we don’t want to be a Thanksgiving Grinch, so we asked Everyday Health fitness expert Jennifer Bayliss, ATC, CSCS, how to still indulge on turkey day without padding your waistline. The result: This simple weeklong fitness plan designed to burn off an extra 500 calories each day of Thanksgiving week by combining heart-pumping workouts with calorie-blasting everyday activities. Pick from Bayliss’ suggestions each day (all calorie counts are based on a 150-pound adult) to skate through Thanksgiving unscathed, or create your own routine by browsing exercises in My Calorie Counter.


Your Perfect Thanksgiving Week Workout Plan

A typical Thanksgiving meal can pack more calories than you typically burn off in week! Here's how to offset the damage with a week's worth of fitness tips and tricks. Follow this guide to have your pumpkin pie and, yes, eat it too.

Turkeys aren’t the only ones who should be nervous as Thanksgiving approaches. A typical fully loaded dinner contains as many as 3,000 calories, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE). That’s nearly double the typical daily recommended intake for many adult women, and more than most people burn off with a whole week’s worth of exercise. No wonder that a New England Journal of Medicine study found that the average normal-weight person gains almost a pound during the holiday season, and the average overweight or obese person packs on five.

But we don’t want to be a Thanksgiving Grinch, so we asked Everyday Health fitness expert Jennifer Bayliss, ATC, CSCS, how to still indulge on turkey day without padding your waistline. The result: This simple weeklong fitness plan designed to burn off an extra 500 calories each day of Thanksgiving week by combining heart-pumping workouts with calorie-blasting everyday activities. Pick from Bayliss’ suggestions each day (all calorie counts are based on a 150-pound adult) to skate through Thanksgiving unscathed, or create your own routine by browsing exercises in My Calorie Counter.


Your Perfect Thanksgiving Week Workout Plan

A typical Thanksgiving meal can pack more calories than you typically burn off in week! Here's how to offset the damage with a week's worth of fitness tips and tricks. Follow this guide to have your pumpkin pie and, yes, eat it too.

Turkeys aren’t the only ones who should be nervous as Thanksgiving approaches. A typical fully loaded dinner contains as many as 3,000 calories, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE). That’s nearly double the typical daily recommended intake for many adult women, and more than most people burn off with a whole week’s worth of exercise. No wonder that a New England Journal of Medicine study found that the average normal-weight person gains almost a pound during the holiday season, and the average overweight or obese person packs on five.

But we don’t want to be a Thanksgiving Grinch, so we asked Everyday Health fitness expert Jennifer Bayliss, ATC, CSCS, how to still indulge on turkey day without padding your waistline. The result: This simple weeklong fitness plan designed to burn off an extra 500 calories each day of Thanksgiving week by combining heart-pumping workouts with calorie-blasting everyday activities. Pick from Bayliss’ suggestions each day (all calorie counts are based on a 150-pound adult) to skate through Thanksgiving unscathed, or create your own routine by browsing exercises in My Calorie Counter.


Your Perfect Thanksgiving Week Workout Plan

A typical Thanksgiving meal can pack more calories than you typically burn off in week! Here's how to offset the damage with a week's worth of fitness tips and tricks. Follow this guide to have your pumpkin pie and, yes, eat it too.

Turkeys aren’t the only ones who should be nervous as Thanksgiving approaches. A typical fully loaded dinner contains as many as 3,000 calories, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE). That’s nearly double the typical daily recommended intake for many adult women, and more than most people burn off with a whole week’s worth of exercise. No wonder that a New England Journal of Medicine study found that the average normal-weight person gains almost a pound during the holiday season, and the average overweight or obese person packs on five.

But we don’t want to be a Thanksgiving Grinch, so we asked Everyday Health fitness expert Jennifer Bayliss, ATC, CSCS, how to still indulge on turkey day without padding your waistline. The result: This simple weeklong fitness plan designed to burn off an extra 500 calories each day of Thanksgiving week by combining heart-pumping workouts with calorie-blasting everyday activities. Pick from Bayliss’ suggestions each day (all calorie counts are based on a 150-pound adult) to skate through Thanksgiving unscathed, or create your own routine by browsing exercises in My Calorie Counter.


Your Perfect Thanksgiving Week Workout Plan

A typical Thanksgiving meal can pack more calories than you typically burn off in week! Here's how to offset the damage with a week's worth of fitness tips and tricks. Follow this guide to have your pumpkin pie and, yes, eat it too.

Turkeys aren’t the only ones who should be nervous as Thanksgiving approaches. A typical fully loaded dinner contains as many as 3,000 calories, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE). That’s nearly double the typical daily recommended intake for many adult women, and more than most people burn off with a whole week’s worth of exercise. No wonder that a New England Journal of Medicine study found that the average normal-weight person gains almost a pound during the holiday season, and the average overweight or obese person packs on five.

But we don’t want to be a Thanksgiving Grinch, so we asked Everyday Health fitness expert Jennifer Bayliss, ATC, CSCS, how to still indulge on turkey day without padding your waistline. The result: This simple weeklong fitness plan designed to burn off an extra 500 calories each day of Thanksgiving week by combining heart-pumping workouts with calorie-blasting everyday activities. Pick from Bayliss’ suggestions each day (all calorie counts are based on a 150-pound adult) to skate through Thanksgiving unscathed, or create your own routine by browsing exercises in My Calorie Counter.


Your Perfect Thanksgiving Week Workout Plan

A typical Thanksgiving meal can pack more calories than you typically burn off in week! Here's how to offset the damage with a week's worth of fitness tips and tricks. Follow this guide to have your pumpkin pie and, yes, eat it too.

Turkeys aren’t the only ones who should be nervous as Thanksgiving approaches. A typical fully loaded dinner contains as many as 3,000 calories, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE). That’s nearly double the typical daily recommended intake for many adult women, and more than most people burn off with a whole week’s worth of exercise. No wonder that a New England Journal of Medicine study found that the average normal-weight person gains almost a pound during the holiday season, and the average overweight or obese person packs on five.

But we don’t want to be a Thanksgiving Grinch, so we asked Everyday Health fitness expert Jennifer Bayliss, ATC, CSCS, how to still indulge on turkey day without padding your waistline. The result: This simple weeklong fitness plan designed to burn off an extra 500 calories each day of Thanksgiving week by combining heart-pumping workouts with calorie-blasting everyday activities. Pick from Bayliss’ suggestions each day (all calorie counts are based on a 150-pound adult) to skate through Thanksgiving unscathed, or create your own routine by browsing exercises in My Calorie Counter.


Your Perfect Thanksgiving Week Workout Plan

A typical Thanksgiving meal can pack more calories than you typically burn off in week! Here's how to offset the damage with a week's worth of fitness tips and tricks. Follow this guide to have your pumpkin pie and, yes, eat it too.

Turkeys aren’t the only ones who should be nervous as Thanksgiving approaches. A typical fully loaded dinner contains as many as 3,000 calories, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE). That’s nearly double the typical daily recommended intake for many adult women, and more than most people burn off with a whole week’s worth of exercise. No wonder that a New England Journal of Medicine study found that the average normal-weight person gains almost a pound during the holiday season, and the average overweight or obese person packs on five.

But we don’t want to be a Thanksgiving Grinch, so we asked Everyday Health fitness expert Jennifer Bayliss, ATC, CSCS, how to still indulge on turkey day without padding your waistline. The result: This simple weeklong fitness plan designed to burn off an extra 500 calories each day of Thanksgiving week by combining heart-pumping workouts with calorie-blasting everyday activities. Pick from Bayliss’ suggestions each day (all calorie counts are based on a 150-pound adult) to skate through Thanksgiving unscathed, or create your own routine by browsing exercises in My Calorie Counter.


Your Perfect Thanksgiving Week Workout Plan

A typical Thanksgiving meal can pack more calories than you typically burn off in week! Here's how to offset the damage with a week's worth of fitness tips and tricks. Follow this guide to have your pumpkin pie and, yes, eat it too.

Turkeys aren’t the only ones who should be nervous as Thanksgiving approaches. A typical fully loaded dinner contains as many as 3,000 calories, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE). That’s nearly double the typical daily recommended intake for many adult women, and more than most people burn off with a whole week’s worth of exercise. No wonder that a New England Journal of Medicine study found that the average normal-weight person gains almost a pound during the holiday season, and the average overweight or obese person packs on five.

But we don’t want to be a Thanksgiving Grinch, so we asked Everyday Health fitness expert Jennifer Bayliss, ATC, CSCS, how to still indulge on turkey day without padding your waistline. The result: This simple weeklong fitness plan designed to burn off an extra 500 calories each day of Thanksgiving week by combining heart-pumping workouts with calorie-blasting everyday activities. Pick from Bayliss’ suggestions each day (all calorie counts are based on a 150-pound adult) to skate through Thanksgiving unscathed, or create your own routine by browsing exercises in My Calorie Counter.


Your Perfect Thanksgiving Week Workout Plan

A typical Thanksgiving meal can pack more calories than you typically burn off in week! Here's how to offset the damage with a week's worth of fitness tips and tricks. Follow this guide to have your pumpkin pie and, yes, eat it too.

Turkeys aren’t the only ones who should be nervous as Thanksgiving approaches. A typical fully loaded dinner contains as many as 3,000 calories, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE). That’s nearly double the typical daily recommended intake for many adult women, and more than most people burn off with a whole week’s worth of exercise. No wonder that a New England Journal of Medicine study found that the average normal-weight person gains almost a pound during the holiday season, and the average overweight or obese person packs on five.

But we don’t want to be a Thanksgiving Grinch, so we asked Everyday Health fitness expert Jennifer Bayliss, ATC, CSCS, how to still indulge on turkey day without padding your waistline. The result: This simple weeklong fitness plan designed to burn off an extra 500 calories each day of Thanksgiving week by combining heart-pumping workouts with calorie-blasting everyday activities. Pick from Bayliss’ suggestions each day (all calorie counts are based on a 150-pound adult) to skate through Thanksgiving unscathed, or create your own routine by browsing exercises in My Calorie Counter.