Think About Who's Coming
Before all your various family and friends descend upon you, put their kids' pictures BACK on the fridge, and the flamingo pitcher back on the side board. No one else will notice, but THEY will.
I PROMISE I don't do this!!!!!!!!!!!! (REALLY, A, I don’t. THOSE pictures are on my fridge all year long.)
Keep Last Minute Panicking Down To A Minimum
Put out the hors d'oeuvres 30 minutes before the first guest arrives. It makes you APPEAR more ready than you actually are.
Have a bar area set up AWAY from where you’re cooking. Place cans, bottles and pitchers on one tray, glasses on another. It keeps the area tidy (I hate that word.)
Clean the guest bathroom at least 2 or 3 hours before the guests are supposed to arrive. If possible, ban family members, especially males, from that room (until the guests arrive).
Tape the recipes that you'll be using to the inside of your kitchen cupboards. They'll be handy, but off the counter. (Actually, I keep my most-used recipes there all year long.)
Buy more paper towels and toilet paper than you ever think you could need.
Lay in cleaning supplies - garbage bags, at least 2 bottles of dishwasher soap, extra sponges, scrubbies, plastic wrap and foil.
Get one box of extra long heavy duty foil and keep it only for Thanksgiving (and lining cookie sheets).