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Are you hosting a Thanksgiving gathering?

It’ll be here before you know it. The key to a stress-free turkey day is to PLAN AHEAD and to stay organized. Let’s start planning now so things will run smoothly the day of Thanksgiving, and you’ll actually be able to enjoy it! 😋

I’ve compiled some great Thanksgiving planning information into 3 FREE printable sheets as a fun and helpful Gobble Guide! This will get you organized in advance so that you can pull off an incredible gathering to enjoy with your friends and family. 😍

1.) Thanksgiving Menu Plan

Use this FREE printable as a plan to write out what you’re serving for a Thanksgiving menu. It also has space to write a grocery list!

2.) Thanksgiving Prep Timeline

Use this FREE printable as a checklist to prep ahead on tasks to make sure you’re on track as Thanksgiving approaches. It’ll let you know how soon to thaw the turkey, and tips on what can be made in advance.

3.) Thanksgiving Portions Cheat Sheet

Use this FREE printable as a cheat sheet to know how much food to make and how big of a turkey to buy for your crowd size.

Some additional Thanksgiving advice from me: 

  • I’ve pulled off a few Thanksgiving spreads on my own, but really I find if you can assign at least a few items to guests things don’t get as overwhelming.
  • Oven space can be an issue. With that said, if you have other small appliances that can help such as a slow cooker for warming mashed potatoes, toaster oven, or Nuwave oven for casseroles, this is helpful.
  • There’s no shame in using grocery store meal shortcuts like frozen pie dough, store bought stuffing mix, store bought pies, etc. In fact, we often use frozen Rhodes dinner rolls and breads as they are SO yummy and taste homemade! Do what works for you and keeps things simple!
  • Enjoy the holiday, be in the moment with your loved ones, and don’t try to make everything super perfect. It’ll all work out! 😀

Looking for Thanksgiving Recipes?

Here are some of my favorite easy and delicious ideas!

Do you have any Thanksgiving meal prep advice to offer? Share in the comments!

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Comments 19

  1. Amber

    Thanks for the recipes. I am going to make the ranch potatoes they sound delicious.

    • Lina D

      Yay! Thanks 👍🏻

  2. nrossmiller

    Thanks again for sharing this. Hosting my first “friendsgiving” at our home as a married couple!

    • Lina D

      Oh how fun! Enjoy 😊 You’re so welcome!

  3. JB

    Omg!!! Thank you!!!

  4. Mickey

    Wish had similar tracking for dooebister sales

  5. Abby

    Thank you for making my life easier!

    • Lina D

      You’re so welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Cindy

    I’ve been doing Thanksgiving at my house for years, for big groups. Some helpful hints:
    1) if you haven’t tested out a recipe prior to Thanksgiving, DON’T try it now. You don’t want your guests to eat something that doesn’t meet your normal impeccable standards.
    2) Do as much of the cooking, prepping and organizing days or a week in advance. In other words, don’t wait til the last minute. If you can, pick out dishes/plates for each food item you are serving PLUS a couple extra for guests to use for the items they bring. Label each one with a small piece of paper. ie: if you are serving mashed potatoes with gravy and cranberry jelly you will need 2 bowls and a gravy dish (or bowl with a spoon). Label each bowl for EACH item and set aside.
    3)If you’re hosting, try to have some tasks set aside for those guests who will be “single” or might not know your other guests. Perhaps have them walk around offering some wine or have them come early and ask them to greet guests at the door to show them where to put coats and bags, etc. Or, have them take the food that others have brought and bring it to the kitchen or wherever the food is supposed to be settled.
    4) Thanksgiving is NOT a formal event (usually), like a wedding. Things are going to be forgotten, broken, burnt. Someone’s bound to cry or have a fight or tell a very inappropriate joke in front of your 10-year-old. Let it go. Make everyone as comfortable as possible while still doing your best to have a good time. If you don’t have enough dishes to go around, well, I am sure some of guests will be fine eating off your everyday dishes-or paper plates, for that matter. Don’t stress. Did you forget a serving dish for the stuffing? Just use a cake tin -no one will hold it against you.
    5)Have a little table set up for the kiddos. Their parents will thank you for it. Coloring, cut out feathers, create turkeys with cookies, marshmallows and some M&Ms, etc.
    6)If your guests bring items in their own dish, write their name on a piece of masking tape and tape it to the bottom of the bowl or dish so you don’t forget who it belongs to.
    7)Enjoy your time with your guests. This is a time capsule of wonderful memories to treasure for years to come.
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

    • Lina D

      I love your helpful advice Cindy!!!! Thanks for sharing 👍🏻❤️

    • Heather Setzer

      These are wonderful tips! Thank you, Cindy!

  7. Lyndsie

    Thank you!

    • Lina D

      You’re so welcome!

  8. Mama

    Ranch potatoes sound yummy. I will be definitely be trying them. Thanks!

  9. Rebecca

    Is there a Keto Thanksgiving meal prep guide?? 😜

  10. Lesli

    Wow, thanks! I’ll be hosting for the whole family for the first time. These will come in handy!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Awesome – enjoy your holidays Lesli!

  11. Flossie

    Thank you for the Thanksgiving Menu page, shopping list, etc! So helpful! Do you have a Christmas gift list like this available?? I need to start making that list and filling it in.

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