1. Make sure you buy enough (but also not too much) food, based on the number of people you’ll be hosting.
Use these amounts to calculate what to request from people, too, if you’re asking guests to bring appetizers, desserts, wine, or other parts of the meal.
2. If your turkey arrives frozen, follow this guide for how long you should defrost it in the fridge.
This guide is only for an uncooked turkey, though — for a more detailed tutorial on defrosting your raw turkey, go here. If you bought a frozen, precooked turkey, make sure to follow the directions that came with the bird.
5. When your turkey is done cooking, let it rest on the counter. Then, follow this guide to carve it so you get the most meat out of all of your work.
Proper utensils are key here — you don’t want to try carving a giant bird with a dull knife. From Bed, Bath, and Beyond.