Thanksgiving in the United States is in 3 weeks. Plan your Thanksgiving meal. If any part of it will be catered, order the items now. Are you having guests? Send your invitations or coordinate with your guests now. Will you need extra chairs, pack-n-plays, etc.?

Remember that you do not need to serve every single type of Thanksgiving food that ever was. Two years ago I posted this picture on Instagram and I got a lot of positive comments about how our meal looked so simple and yet still festive. It was chicken, gluten-free stuffing (cauliflower and squash), and cranberry sauce. My husband and I had decided that those were our favorite things. Well, I did really want a turkey but our smoker had just broken and I didn’t want to roast a turkey. I didn’t picture my kids’ meals, but it was fish sticks and pumpkin pie, at their request.

As you are planning your menu, if you want to include whole walnuts in the shell as an appetizer, that might come in handy because later this month I will share a cute and easy craft for making tiny walnut shell doll beds.

(Image credit: my own photo)

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