Halloween is in the rearview mirror, but here’s a different sort of horror story: Picture yourself, the gracious Thanksgiving host, allowing all your guests to serve themselves before you do. You round the bend to your famous mashed potatoes. You see a licked spoon in an empty bowl, and nothing more.
Don’t let this horror show happen in your home this Turkey Day. Know the right math. We’ve done the work for you, and after years of studying it, we’ve got it down to a science. Maybe you don’t love cranberries, but you still have to bank on a third of a cup per person. Gravy? A luscious half cup per person. (Check out our starter if that sounds daunting.) And amazingly, despite the turkey (one and a half lbs of bone-in), stuffing (three-fourth of a cup), potatoes (half a pound!), hors d’oeuvres (four to six bites), salad (one and a half cups) and pie (two small slices), we can still stuff in a roll or two per person.
Here is the data you need. Follow it, and you should be in good shape. And remember to come back to us when it comes to your Thanksgiving leftovers!
Below is our full Thanksgiving workbook. Click to download the free guide for tips on setting a more elegant table, planning your menu and shopping lists, and even printing out name cards and activity sheets for the littles! Happy Thanksgiving, and don’t forget to have a glass of wine, chef. (And plan on half a bottle to a full bottle per body, because #family.)