Using a Thanksgiving planner can be a helpful way to stay organized and on track when preparing for the holiday. By following and using a Thanksgiving Prep Printables planner, you can reduce stress and ensure that everything runs smoothly on the big day.
If you’re having a large group for dinner, then holiday Prep is no joke! These Free Thanksgiving Prep Printables will make your life so much easier! Stay organized with this Thanksgiving prep list, a cooking schedule, menu planner, guest list and recipe planning list. Download these, and you’re set!
It’s crunch time people! Thanksgiving is just a few days away and if you’re hosting, then this weekend is your time to prep! I’ve also gathered over 20 Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes for menu ideas!
Thanksgiving Prep Printables – Getting Organized
I have hosted the past 19 years. And this year, I’m not. You can read why here or here where I share some adorable printable Thanksgiving place cards. We’ll be heading to my sister’s in Utah for a quick trip to celebrate the holiday, but I have a feeling I’ll still be doing most the cooking.
When planning a large meal, it’s always smart to have some sort of schedule to follow. In years past, I’d scribble out my menu, with the time next to it, as to when it needed to be started. I’d also use another sheet of paper to jot down any helpful notes for next year.
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Well, I finally got smart and decided to offer a printable that’s perfect for keeping your Thanksgiving Prep organized! Boom!
It’s got everything from your guest list, to your prep time list. A couple of them have extra room for notes. I added this cute little turkey I found from my friend Karen’s site, The Graphics Fairy.
Grab a cute folder to keep them all together and handy right in your kitchen. Or use magnets and put them on your fridge.
How to Use a Thanksgiving Planner
Using a Thanksgiving planner notebook can be a great way to keep all of your holiday plans and tasks organized in one place. Here are some steps you can take to use a Thanksgiving planner notebook effectively:
- Choose a notebook: Find a notebook that you like and that has enough space to add all the printable pages. You may want duplicates of some.
- Create sections: Divide your notebook into the printable pages in the order that makes sense to you.
- Write down your plans: Use the printable Thanksgiving planner to write down your plans for the holiday, including what you will cook, who you will invite, and any decorations you want to put up.
- Make a timeline: This Thanksgiving planner helps to create a timeline for Thanksgiving preparations, noting when you need to start shopping, when to start cooking different dishes, and when to set the table.
- Keep track of tasks: Use your planner to keep track of tasks that need to be done, such as cleaning the house, buying groceries, and preparing specific dishes.
- Add notes and reminders: Use your planner to jot down notes and reminders, such as important phone numbers, recipe sources, and any special dietary restrictions or preferences of your guests. This is particularly helpful for the next year.
- Review and update: Leave notes for the next year. Write down what worked, what didn’t, and what needs to be different.
Helpful Hints for an Organized Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Prep: One Week to Two Days Before
- Plan your menu and shop accordingly.
- Gather additional silverware. Don’t forget serving utensils. Do you have enough slotted serving spoons?
- Wash wine glasses. Find your glass charms.
- Print out Place Cards. I have a few styles to choose from.
- Wash your cloth napkins.
- Thaw and brine your turkey.
- Prepare your “Pack your own Leftovers” bar.
- Clear out the coat closet – Never fails that we need to clear out the coat closet about 5 minutes before everyone arrives.
Thanksgiving Prep: One Day Before
- Set the Table – One thing that seems like a no-brainer, but I didn’t do it for years….. is set your table the day before! Don’t leave everything for Thursday. You’ll be SO glad you did.
- Dishes – Plan what recipe will go in what bowl or platter when it’s completed. I like to place a little sticky note in each dish with what I’ll be placing inside. If you’re serving buffet style, these Recipe Dish Name cards may come in handy.
- Prep any recipes you can ahead of time.
- Make the Sangria – If you’re having Sangria, it’s always better when it’s allowed to marinate.