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Printable Thanksgiving Planner & Real Food Menu Inspiration

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Here’s a Printable Thanksgiving Planner to simplify your week! Use this free printable will remind you of all the details and help your Thanksgiving meal come off without a hitch.

printable thanksgiving planner to help you remember all the important details when you're hosting Thanksgiving! Plus, a sample real food menu for menu inspiration.

Printable Thanksgiving Planner & Complete Menu Inspiration

Do you remember the story of the 20 pound turkey I was given on a Wednesday ( the DAY before Thanksgiving) and told to cook for Thanksgiving dinner THE NEXT DAY? I shared that story back in 2012! It is one I will never forget. Although the end result was fine, it was a really, really, really stressful day for me. I’ve thought for a long time that I should create a printable Thanksgiving planner to help keep me and you organized, but until now, I hadn’t done it.

Printable Thanksgiving Planner & Real Food Menu Inspiration

Today, though, it’s ready for us to use!  To help us all get organized, I finally created the Ultimate Thanksgiving Prep Ahead Checklist. Complete with prep-ahead schedule, sample menu with many recipe links, sample timeline for Thanksgiving Day, and a place for you to create your own oven schedule, you’ll want to grab this to make your life easier! Make sure you don’t forget anything by using this handy printable Thanksgiving planner. You’re welcome!

Grab your printable checklist in PDF form by clicking here!

Printable Thanksgiving Planner

By the way,included in the PDF form is my sample menu. Since it’s easier to click through from online, I’m also including it here for your convenience!

My Sample Thanksgiving Day Menu


Main Course:

Best Way to Cook a Turkey - upside down, high heat, no basting

  • Turkey
  • Ham (can’t go wrong with a spiral ham cooked in the crock pot!)

Thanksgiving Side Dishes:

Thanksgiving Desserts:

  • Pumpkin cheesecake (make ahead and freezer
  • Apple and/or cherry pie
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Homemade whipped cream

Thanksgiving Drinks:

  • Wine
  • Sparkling cider
  • Coffee
  • Tea

A couple final notes before Thanksgiving – if you’re looking for activities to help teach your children gratitude, I’ve got you covered here!

And finally, I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! Good luck preparing for next week.

xoxo – Michelle

Don't make mistakes this Thanksgiving. Keep Organized with this handy free printable Thanksgiving Planner!

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankBettye Mitchell says

    Happy holidays to you and family, thank you for the help, the printables, just found out I will be the only cook for 30/40 people, right on time, thanks again.

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