Get this free printable Thanksgiving Dinner Planner to make planning your holiday menu easier. Includes a printable shopping list and more!

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Are you busy planning your Thanksgiving dinner menu?

Or do you declare this year 2020 in which you scratch all the kitchen plans and order? (Srsly can't blame you.)

If you're still cooking / still having a small gathering / are still obsessed with what to do, here is a simple planning tool that could help you!

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Year after year, as I plan my menu for Thanksgiving dinner, I find myself taking menu notes everywhere from my personal planner to post-its to scratch paper. It's a bit of a mess.

Finally! I gathered my deed and created a simple and printable Thanksgiving menu planner that keeps all those crazy ideas in one place.

Free Printable Thanksgiving Dinner Planner with Shopping List and Hour-by-Hour Planner

What's in the Thanksgiving Menu Planner?

In this free printable, you will get a simple Thanksgiving menu planner that works as an official planner OR as a brainstorming session. Print as many copies as you need.

  • Zones for recording the cooking time of a recipe and the oven temperature (these two pieces of information are crucial to make the day!).
  • A column for the notes to prepare; in this area I write the day I can start to prepare some recipes. For example, most pies can be made a few days in advance, and it may be helpful to note in this column when to defrost the turkey, etc.
  • A column to note if anyone else contributes this particular item (read: that means you're off the hook!).

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A Thanksgiving schedule of half an hour to half an hour is also included.Once the menu is finalized, you can take a look at each recipe and write down the details of when each recipe needs to be executed.

I find this planning tool helps spread love throughout the day, so I don't over-commit my oven to baking 12 things at once.

(This is a 2-page calendar that runs from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; you can print back to back or two separate pages.)

And finally, there's a simple shopping list spreadsheet to use when finalizing the menu. Once you've jotted down the ingredients here, you can easily snap a photo of it on your phone and take a paperless copy with you to the store.

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Posted on November 16, 2020 by Mel