When you offer to host Thanksgiving Dinner, never turn down help when people offer to make a dish or bring something to your home. It minimizes your to-do list and frees up your time to focus on something else. Also, try not to exclude pre-made or store-bought items from the menu. While you may want most of your menu to be homemade, having some quick already made sides or appetizers will free up time and make the day go smoothly for you.
Once you have received offers from your guests on bringing a dish, organize your menu, and see what is left to make. Then, before grocery shopping make sure to clean out your fridge and make some room for the dishes you are about to make ahead of time and store for the big day. Also, be sure to invest in takeout containers. There are always leftovers on Thanksgiving and this way, your guests don’t have to worry about bringing their own tupperware, or returning yours after they use it.