How to easily plan your Thanksgiving meal and avoid disaster

Nov 25, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. ET

Thanksgiving comes with its own unique set of challenges, and if you aren't used to cooking a feast, then things can get a little hairy in the kitchen.

Bringing family together can be challenging enough, but if there's a stuffing shortage halfway through Thanksgiving dinner, then you had better believe you're in for a world of hurt. And running low on appetizers can really up the pressure, as everyone starts to crowd around you in the kitchen, asking when dinner will finally be ready, slowly depleting the stores of wine you had saved up for dinner and sneakily eating all the crispy bits off the tray of stuffing that just came out of the oven.

Luckily this infographic tells you everything you need to know so your meal goes smoothly, from how big of a turkey you'll need to cook to how many pies you should serve. Study up, plan out your meal with its help, and you'll be churning out a top-notch Thanksgiving feast like a pro in no time — crispy stuffing bits intact, thank you very much.

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