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Get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with your family and friends this year with the help of a Thanksgiving planner! This Thanksgiving dinner planner will help you plan out what to do before, during, and after Thanksgiving so that all of your guests have an enjoyable experience!

Thanksgiving planner

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s important to start preparing for the big day. Thanksgiving is an American tradition and a time to be thankful for the things in our lives. If you are looking for some help with your holiday planning, I have created this wonderful Thanksgiving planner that you can print at home! It will guide you through what needs to happen before, during, and after the big day so that all of your hard work pays off. Check out these benefits of using a planner below-and then get it today!

I was looking for some more inspiration and thought that a printable Thanksgiving planner might be just the thing I needed to get myself organized. It’s been years since I had to plan an event like this, so even though it was fun doing something different I also found myself feeling really overwhelmed! And I did not like that feeling at all!

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Benefits of using a Thanksgiving planner

A Thanksgiving planner can help you get an idea of what needs to be done before the biggest day of the year so you can get organized and have everything ready and in place before the event. This organizer is particularly helpful if you’ll be hosting a large gathering.

It will allow you to plan out your recipes ahead of time so that there is no last minute panic when trying to figure out what’s for dinner. You can also use the Thanksgiving menu planner section to plan out your grocery shopping. You can get an idea of what you need and then make a list ahead of time.

Planning out the menu ahead of time, helps you get a better idea of what needs to be cooked and when. These planners are also helpful for those who have trouble with cooking or baking. The last thing anyone wants is for their Thanksgiving dinner to turn into a disaster because they forgot something important like butter! Planning ahead can save you from this!

A Thanksgiving planner can also help you figure out exactly what portions of food to make for your family. You don’t want there to be leftovers when people are stuffing themselves in under an hour, and a Thanksgiving guide like this will tell you how much of each dish is needed so that everyone has enough without being too full.

Planning your Thanksgiving dinner ahead of time will help you have the best Thanksgiving without all the stress and confusion!

What is included in my planner?

Guest List

The guest list is one of the most important parts of Thanksgiving dinner, other than the food. This section of the planner has a place for you to write down the name of the person invited, their contact information if they are bringing a plus one, and their RSVP status.

This will help you keep track of how many people are coming to dinner so that you know how much food to prepare, and seating arrangements. No one wants to be caught off guard and not have enough food!

To-do List

We all have a to-do list in our lives. Planning for a big holiday meal is no different. It can be overwhelming to think of everything that is required for your perfect holiday celebration.

It does not have to be that way, especially with this planner. You can break down your to-do list by 1 month before, 3 weeks before, 2 weeks before, and 1 week before.

By breaking your to-do list down into smaller sections, you get everything done without all the stress, allowing you to enjoy the holiday more.


Of course, the menu is the start of the show! There is a spot to jot down your main dishes, appetizers, soup, side dishes, desserts, and drinks. You can also create your grocery list right on the same page.

Being organized with your menu and grocery list is important so that you are properly prepared and do not forget an important ingredient that is needed for your amazing Thanksgiving dinner.


We can’t forget our festive holiday décor. How do you plan to decorate your home for Thanksgiving? We all have a lot of decorations we have accumulated over the years.

Making a list of what decoration décor you have, and how you want to decorate your home helps to take the stress off of actually decorating.
The planner has a spot to jot down the areas you want to decorate, the decorations you plan to use, and any new décor items you plan to purchase.

Games & Activities

Entertainment is a part of a big family meal that most people do not think about. When you are having a big get-together with the family that has not seen each other recently, just talking and catching up is important. Having some sort of fun entertainment is also fun and creates new memories and inside family jokes.

This Thanksgiving planner printable has a spot for you to write down a list of activities, and the props needed for the activities.

There is also a spot to jot down any treats for the kids you plan to offer.

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This Thanksgiving Planner is a great way to plan your Thanksgiving dinner in detail. This is s a great way to keep track of your grocery list, meal plan, and more. You can use it for each year or just as needed! It helped me with shopping, cooking, and hosting this year! I hope it helps you too!

I hope you find this useful in the coming weeks before Thanksgiving. Happy cooking!

Ready to get organized and prepared for the big day? Get my Thanksgiving planner, available to purchase HERE

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  1. It looks like your planner covers everything. Every year I say I’m going to simplify my life and use a Thanksgiving planner. Maybe this year I will and I’ll use your printables.

  2. Nadalie Bardo says:

    Such a helpful printable for planning thanksgiving! It really is challenging to coordinate with family members and to know what to make, buy or bring.

  3. Nina Clapperton says:

    I love the idea of games. I hate holiday gatherings cause there are just so many people and things to do. Organizing it like this will really save me.

  4. Monica Simpson says:

    Thanksgiving can be overwhelming so this is super helpful!

  5. Amber Myers says:

    This will come in handy. Thanksgiving can get pretty dang chaotic.