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.

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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.

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Today, though, it’s ready for us to use!  To help us all get organized, I finally created the Thanksgiving Giving Day Meal Planner! 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 this 5-page, printable Thanksgiving Planner checklist in PDF form by clicking here!

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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:

  • 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 – looking for gratitude activities to do with your kids? Here you go!

And don’t forget to check out this elegant tablescape with free Thankful printable too!

About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. 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.