First, finalize your guest list. Once you know the exact number of attendees, use this formula: Number of guests x 1.25. Because of the pandemic, chances are you won’t need as much turkey this year. Here’s how Thanksgiving is going to look different this year. You’ll want to plan on about 1.25 pounds of turkey per person attending. That means that if you are expecting 12 guests, plan for a 15-pound bird. If you have a large number of kids coming, simply round down when calculating your turkey. The kids usually go for the rolls and side dishes anyway. Pro tip: If you have a large group this year, try dividing your turkey number by two and buying smaller birds. This will allow them to cook faster and more evenly.