I am a pretty unorganized person ( see my “about” page), so in my effort to throw out my messy cookbook I better not throw out this:
The Schedule (from Martha Stewart)
3 days ahead:
If making cranberry sauce, do so & refrigerate it.
If frozen, place turkey on a tray in refrigerator to thaw (allow 24 hours for every 4-5 lbs).
1 day ahead:
Set Thanksgiving table; choose serving dishes and utensils.
Assemble Sweet Potato Casserole except for marshmallows; refrigerate
Make green beans; refrigerate.
5 hours ahead:
Prepare dressing; stuff turkey, and roast. Transfer any extra dressing to baking dish; refrigerate.
Bring cranberry sauce to room temperature.
45 minutes to 1 hour ahead:
While turkey rests, make gravy. Bake extra dressing.
Top sweet potato casserole with marshmallows; bake.
Warm green beans.
Just before serving:
Transfer dressing to a serving dish. Carve turkey.
Warm gravy, if necessary; whisk until smooth.