The no-stress Thanksgiving Day timeline

Nov 19, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. ET

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner doesn't have to be stressful. Just follow this timeline and your day will be a breeze. There are even some incredible recipe suggestions to make your event planning even easier!

stress free thanksgiving checklist

The thought of hosting Thanksgiving dinner sends many people into the corner, cowering in fear. The number of meals to cook, the group of people to serve and the idea that those guests might be judging you on your ability to host such an extravaganza can be daunting.

But it doesn't have to be. A lot of the Thanksgiving preparation can be done in advance, guaranteeing you a stress-free holiday. If you follow this 48-hour timeline, your guests will be impressed. You'll find all of the mouthwatering recipes we used below as well!

When you look at the two days leading up to Thanksgiving dinner broken out over that 48-hour period, it doesn't seem too bad, does it? There is ample time to prepare without much disruption to your normal daily activities.

You can modify the timeline to fit your own recipes, but why mess with perfection when you can use these scrumptious dishes?

Thanksgiving food collage

Bon appétit and Happy Thanksgiving!