“Happy Thanksgiving” is gonna be rolllling off of our lips in Turkey-minus…no time.

But before you let the gourd times roll, we want you to be ready. And by ready we mean: ready for family, fr-amily, or whomever may grace your table this year!

We made a prep-list fullllll of no-nonsense, local goodness + practicality so YOU can gobble til you wobble this holiday season without worrying (so much) about the meal, your house, and what to bring…know what I’m sayin? Just eat, drink, and cranberry…and don’t forget to grab that Towny app so you can do alllll that, local-style. Okay, okay! Here’s YOUR recipe for the BEST Wacoan Thanksgiving EVER:

Release the Feast

 Mill-King’s fresh products are worth the trip!

Mill-King’s fresh products are worth the trip!

Torres Meat House FTW! You’ve probably heard us talk about Torres’ before. They specialize in marinades, zing you in a good way with quality meats + go the extra mile for their customers. Obvi, they’ll have a domestic fowl with your name on it if you give ‘em a call. Facebook message works, too! Meat, veg, and spices? At very reasonable prices? Swing by, y’all. We continue to be impressed + hope you will be too :)

It’s all fun and games until you can’t button your jeans! Let Mill-King Market & Creamery help you meet that goal + KO your grocery list with the freshest + bestest of products. (We wonder how many Wacoans still don’t know about this literally local jewel!) If local, old-fashioned + all-natural sound good to you, buckle up for a hefty Thanksgiving, Pilgrim.

 Simply Delicious’ homemade cookies will save YOU time + win over your meal-mates!

Simply Delicious’ homemade cookies will save YOU time + win over your meal-mates!

What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter? Pumpkin pi! If desserts are what you’re needing, it doesn’t get any butter than Simply Delicious. Pre-made goodies are some of the best things to keep holiday-ers happy. Order yours today because abs are great but have you tried pumpkin pie?!

Do your guests or hosts need help wine-ing down before, during, after a big Turkey Day? Perhaps Waco Winery can help! Their local vineyards produce SUCH gorgeous flavor + you can purchase said flavor by the bottle. Wanna get out of your house (or send the humans away?), visit their newish downtown location fit with an indoor tasting room, lovely views of the city, and a large rooftop patio. You can be all, “You guys think Thanksgiving is over?! You ain’t seen stuffing yet.” Pour!

Home is Where the Cranberry Sauce Is

 Baylor Flowers’ selection of harvest blooms will have you like - wowowowowow!

Baylor Flowers’ selection of harvest blooms will have you like - wowowowowow!

It can be daunting! Having guest-people in your home over Thanksgiving. Holiday hangouts can make even the best of us go a bit fritzy. We’ve curated this totally doable list of happy-making so you can rest easy among your group’s champion lounge-arounders. If everything is out of control, you can still enjoy the atmospheric splendor that you yourself have created! (Not hosting this year? Skip down a section or two.) First step for the host/hostess with the most/mostest? Flower power.

 Creativity galore from Wolfe Florist!

Creativity galore from Wolfe Florist!

Waco’s hit the bloomin’ jackpot with TWO local flor-authorities in particular! They say having “living things” worked into your decor brings peace + calm to a space’s inhabitants. Pre-order a table display, mini bouquets for bedrooms, or an entryway “Hello!” arrangement to greet your people even when you’re not there! After forty years in Waco, one could say Baylor Flowers have put roots down! Baylor Flowers has you covered when it comes to glorious deliveries of flowers, plants + snack baskets! Wolfe Florist may also ring a bell as a seasoned name in Texas florals. Wolfe is able to work with you to produce top-notch presentations at a price fitting your T-Giving budget.

Spruce up your house (and we don’t mean with a Christmas tree…but just in time for the poul-tree)!

 Interior Glow’s super unique finds await you!

Interior Glow’s super unique finds await you!

Gather’s got place settings, entertaining + hospitality galore just waiting for you on Columbus. While you’re at it, glow from the inside via Interior Glow. There you’ll find a seriously lovely combo of home decor, furniture + gifts. Is it time to replace your sofa? Beauuuutiful choices abound at the Glow ;)

Catch Chatter Box – the shop full of FUN! There’s something for everyone between their offerings of vintage furnishings + decor, unique gifts + apparel!

When it comes to a warm + inviting home, let’s give ‘em pumpkin to talk about.

The Party Don't Stop Til You've Tried Everything

Speaking of trying everything: keep your sanity. Round up the kids for Jump-N-Place! (Socks + waivers required for each kiddo!) Jump-N-Place is OPEN! the Friday after Thanksgiving from 10AM to 2PM & 4 to 9PM and on Saturday from 5 to 9PM. Let those children get their energy out in this amazing indoor play center you will be THANKful for! (Speaking of thankful, Jump-N-Place honors military families, firefighters + police officers with special discounts.)

 Need we say more?!

Need we say more?!

William Thackeray said, “A good laugh is sunshine in the house.” Make William proud + get as creative or serious or funny as need be this holiday. Dream up an award (or five) to present to your winning relatives or guests. Have trophies, plaques, you name it made at Award Specialities! Start a tradition! Revive someone’s high school dreams by giving them the “Yes We Cran!” award, otherwise known as “Personality Plus”, this Thanksgiving. (ALT AWARD IDEAS: “Side Dish Delish”, “#1 Turkey”, “Most Helpful When No One Else Wanted to Be”!) Have fun!

GET! OUT! is the idea behind the ultimate group, problem solving experience of Waco Escape Rooms! Bring a group of 6-10 players (each activity has a different cap on how many can play) + use your noggin after “leftovers are for quitters” wears off. You got this!

After party

…Because you know I’m all about that baste, bout that baste, bout that baste, no — trouble? Make less trouble for you by following our Post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas advice below!

Fitness? More like fitness whole turkey in my mouth. Well, once you’ve done that, it might be time to move it, move it. Hop over to Titan Fitness and Tanning (hopping burns more cals) for the after glow of a good workout + a hawt mid-winter tan.

 Waco Lock & Key is a reasonably priced Waco treasure!

Waco Lock & Key is a reasonably priced Waco treasure!

Party fouls at T-giving? No worries. Roy Beatty Dry Cleaners to the rescue! They’ll remove stains, make your oriental rug “new” again, and launder your furniture covers! The range of services they offer you guys? Is INSANE. PLUS, two locations for super convenient visits: Lake Shore + La Clede Street. While you’re at it, have them do your curtains, leather jacket, and things like down garments, sleeping bags, and electric blankets! It’s a good time to make sure your winter clothes are fresh for the festivities + Roy Beatty is exceptional with delicate fabrics like silk, cashmere, and the like. Use them to bring back your peace of mind…to pieces of your home!

You need the right people to have the right keys at the right time, right? (Ever see Home Alone!??!) Waco Lock and Key will get you all set with extra keys, key fobs, and the like for people coming in and out of your life over the holidays! Locked out? They can help you with that, too.

Take care of this stuff(ing) before it takes care of YOU! You can make a real difference every time you choose local. Fifty-four cents of every dollar spent locally gets recirculated back into Waco’s economy, benefitting your town, your family + yourself. Hop on the free Towny app and start getting rewarded for all that Waco love.