Last year I published our printable Christmas Planner to help you stay organized over the holiday season. This year I’ve opted to offer a Christmas and Thanksgiving planner; reason being, we’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year – for 9 children and 8 adults. I’ve spent a bit of time online looking around for something that would help me with the planning process … but didn’t find what I was looking for, so I decided to make one.
I’m pleased to present you with our Thanksgiving Planner.
Here’s what’s included:
- Guest List
- Shopping List
- Thanksgiving Event Planner
- Thanksgiving Menu
- Recipe Cards x 2
- Notes x 2
- November Calendar
I personal find working backwards is the way to go when planning our Thanksgiving dinner. First, I started with the calendar, mapping out what day we planned on having our dinner (Saturday seemed to work best for everyone in our family).
I then made our guest list, confirmed who was coming. This helped me build our dinner menu, and I used our Thanksgiving Event Planner to help map out things like pumpkin carving, kids activities, and snacks throughout the day. This also helped me map out what time the turkey had to go in the oven, and where my free time was so I could visit with family.
Once I did this, I was able to make our grocery list. I also used our notes section to mark-up reminders and create my own to-do-list leading up to Thanksgiving. I also used this section to write down some Thanksgiving décor items that I needed to pull out of storage, and a few new things to purchase. I then popped back into my calendar to mark up days that I wanted to get things done on, ie what day to go shopping on.
I personally find having a well mapped out plan like this really helps me stay organized amongst the chaos of little ones and visiting with family members. This is also a great way of preventing the need to run to the store right before dinner for those forgotten items, as you will hopefully think about them before hand in the preplanning stage.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and don’t forget to check out our Etsy shop for more printable planners.
You can also find our 2015 Christmas Planner here.
You can also find our 2016 Printable Planner here.