There are a lot of things that you can go ahead and buy a couple weeks before. It sure makes life easier!
Foil Roasting Pan (cook and toss)
2 bags, Brownberry Stuffing (yeah, I cheat here)
4 packages French's Turkey Gravy mix. For homemade gravy- Cornstarch or flour. It’s a good idea to have mix on hand, just in case! Laureys is full of icky stuff.
Bag of Marshmallows
1 bag slivered almonds
Large bag of Green Beans (for green bean casserole.)
2 packages frozen cranberries
1 can Fried Onion Rings
2 cans mushroom soup
1 cans corn
1 can cream style corn
2 cans Black olives
1 jar green olives
5 lbs. of Butter (I know. Any left can be used for cookies)
Box of Ritz Crackers (for Corn casserole)
Can of Whipped Cream (it will hold up fine) or you can make your own. Its easy.
Lemon Juice for lemonade, or tea for iced tea, or both for Arnold Palmers.
I'm also assuming you have the seasonings you need – but you may want to double check your recipes.
Also check bath soap, shampoo and toothpaste. You don’t want to run out of these things if people stay over. I like to have a couple of extra toothbrushes on hand too.
If you want to be a really great host/hostess, go to th sample size aisle and buy small deodorants, mouthwash, etc. for guests to use.
Note: Someone else usually brings the jello mold and pies.
I order the croissants and birthday cake. I used to make all the desserts too, but then I got smarter ;-)