Free Printable Thanksgiving Dinner Planner!
Get this free printable Thanksgiving dinner planner to make planning your holiday menu a breeze. Includes printable shopping list and more!
Are you busy planning your Thanksgiving dinner menu?
Or are you declaring this the year of 2020 in which you scratch all cooking plans and order in? (Srsly cannot blame you.)
If you’re still cooking/still hosting a small gathering/still obsessing over what to make, here’s a simple planning tool that might help!
Year after year as I plan out my Thanksgiving dinner menu, I find myself making menu notes everywhere from my personal planner to post-it notes to scratch paper. It’s kind of a mess.
Finally! I got my act together and created a simple, printable Thanksgiving menu planner that keeps all those crazy ideas in one place.
What is in the Thanksgiving Menu Planner?
In this free printable, you’ll get a simple Thanksgiving menu planner that works as an official planner OR as a brainstorming session. Print as many copies as you need.
- Areas to note how long a recipe cooks and what the oven temperature is (those two pieces of info are crucial to making the day happen!).
- A column for make-ahead notes; in this area, I write down the day I can start prepping certain recipes. For instance, most pies can be made a couple days ahead of time, and it might be helpful to make a note in this column when to thaw the turkey, etc.
- A column to note if someone else is bringing that particular item (read: that means you’re off the hook!).
Also included is a half hour by half hour Thanksgiving day schedule.Once the menu is finalized, you can take a look at each recipe and write down details for when every recipe needs to be executed.
I find this planning tool helps spread the love throughout the day, so I don’t over commit my oven to baking 12 things at once.
(This is a 2-page schedule that goes from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; you can print back to back or two separate pages.)
And finally, there is a simple grocery shopping list spreadsheet to use as you finalize the menu. Once you jot the ingredients down here, you could easily snap a picture of this on your phone and take a paperless copy with you to the store.
Download the Planners
*These will download as .pdf files*
36 Comments on “Free Printable Thanksgiving Dinner Planner!”
This is great – thank you!!
Thank you for this planner. maybe this year i will try this in hopes it will keep me from forgetting something and going crazy lolo
Thank you! What a GREAT idea! I appreciate you VERY much!!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family
Oh, Mel! I love these, thank you! I somehow missed them last year- no surprise, 2020 was a blur. I just wanted to say about your cute photo- Bravetart! I love that cookbook SO much. I think her pie crust is worth the cost of the book. It’s the only one I make anymore- I love how simple it is to work with, and how flaky it comes out. Happy Thanksgiving!
I agree – that book is phenomenal!! Thanks for the tip on the pie crust. I’ll try it this year!
I DID order in last year… and this year, I’m hosting for the first time. Super grateful you’ve got a girl’s back! Hugs!
These were so very helpful this year! Thank you for creating and sharing them.
These are so fun and cute! Just what I needed to get me back on track! This will be my first year at least 16 years that I will not be having everyone over for dinner- I’m down from 20+ to 6. Two of those I will be boxing up and dropping off to boot. Wish me luck on my 5” mini pies! I’m trying to be a good sport about all of this, but between us it’s breaking my heart!
How would you feel about making a second set without the word Thanksgiving? I need something like this for all the big events in my life!
Hi Jackie, that’s a good idea – I’ll try to upload that variation soon!
Thank you very much for making our job easier. Very thoughtful!
This is so helpful—and pretty! Thank you for sharing this resource with us!
Thank you so much for putting this together and sharing it with us! I love having lists. It makes me feel calm. 🙂
I always make a list too and doing a time schedule has helped me so much. These are awesome! Thanks!
The majority of my Thanksgiving Menu are your recipes, Mel. And (until this year) I always cook for 15+.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and be well! 🙂
Thank you for making this! That is really nice that you took the time to create and share these helpful pages with all of us! Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you for these!!
Love love love this Mel, thank you!!!
Love this- printed! It makes me feel more excited to get organized. THANK YOU!!!
You are, as always, an angel and we thank you. 🙂 And this makes my little Type A planning heart V happy.
Mel to the rescue again! Thanks for these printables. Another thing that has saved my Thanksgiving dinner planning and scheduling is your Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes. I can never time mashed potatoes right, but with that recipe, I don’t have to time it! I just make them early and then they’re ready when everything else is!
Love these planner sheets. Thank you for sharing.
Mels : you are certainly more than just a pretty face
These sheets are perfect for any special occasion
Mel these are awesome!! Can you do some for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and maybe even New Years? I’m stating to think ahead and these are the best they will make it so much easier..
Oh man- thanksgiving plans have taken so many exciting and dramatic turns. Most recent is that I flooded my house by leaving the laundry room sink on to soak some stuff and then leaving for about 2 hours. So- I declared myself off the hook from hosting our very small thanksgiving dinner, but with recent developments in our state with COVID I’ve decided that it’d be better to keep it to our immediate family- so even if my house is still semi-ripped apart- I guess I’m cooking. So many of your recipes have made it into a permanent spot on my thanksgiving menu- but I’ll have to simplify this year because I’ll be making all the things my myself. Yikes
Oh my goodness, Jessica – I’m so sorry for all of the chaos you are dealing with! Good luck!
I’ve been doing something similar, but just on regular paper. Thanks so much for doing this!!! I’ve already printed them out. 🙂
You are awesome!! 🙂 I printed them right away!! Thank you so much Mel!!
This is great! Thank you! I have a question about making pies ahead of time. I’m on pies and stuffing this year. How far ahead can you make apple pie? Pumpkin pie?
Last year I made your cranberry apple pie, everyone loved it and requested I make it every year Happy Thanksgiving!!
Ha! Sorry meant to leave this on a separate comment!
Hey Robyn, I make all my cream pies the day before (except for banana cream pie, and then I make all the components and assemble it the day of). Pumpkin pie can be made several days in advance and refrigerated. Apple pie and other traditional “pie crust” pies can also be made a day or so in advance. They reheat really well in a low oven (225 degrees) for 15-20 minutes.
Thank you! I’ve been doing something similar on scratch paper! This will work much better.
OH MY GOODNESS!! ABSOLUTELY PRINTING RIGHT NOW!! LOVE YOU!
I can’t seem to find the link to download the planners. Am I missing it?
Hi Kelli, the links are at the very bottom of the post (right above this comment section). If you’re having trouble seeing them still, I’ll past them here:
Thanksgiving Menu Planner
Thanksgiving Day Schedule
Thanksgiving Grocery Shopping List
Oh my goodness, Mel! You are a lifesaver!
Thank you so much!! LOVE this and you!!!