4.) Do the prep work in advance. There are many, many wonderful side dishes for which you can do most of the cutting and chopping and measuring ahead of time.
5.) Don't sweat the decor. I'm sure I'm not the only one with no time to decorate. You can create a lovely tablescape with a scattering of small pumpkins or gourds, a big bowlful of shiny red apples, a cluster of tapered candles, or even a vase of brightly colored (fake) fall foliage.
6.) Keep it simple. If you're feeding a large group of people, consider having a buffet rather than a traditional sit-down dinner. Don't knock yourself out with complicated appetizers; a plate of great cheeses and different types of crackers, bowls of spiced nuts and salty olives, or slices of a savory bread are just as good.
7.) Stick to a schedule. Is planning ahead stressing you out? Relax... we've done it for you. Check out Work It, Mom's Day-by-day Thanksgiving planner for the 10 days leading up to Thanksgiving.