The Ultimate Thanksgiving Planning Guide

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Planning Guide

Thanksgiving and indeed the holidays are one of my favorite times of year. I love everything about the holidays. I love the shopping, the deals, the food and most of all, getting to see and spend time with my family.

I am a planner. I always have been. I like to lay out everything I am going to do, get a plan together and then do it.

I have saved you a ton of time this year by going through hundreds of websites and finding some of the best recipes, content and information out there about planning the perfect Thanksgiving.

Take a look and let me know what you think.


Making Thanksgiving Easy on Everyone

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Start with 50+ Thanksgiving Ideas to get some inspiration – you will find crafts, drinks, recipes & more!

How do you choose the perfect Thanksgiving turkey? I can help you out there.

Printable Thanksgiving Invitation from HGTV

These beautiful Thanksgiving invitations are a printable must have!

Thanksgiving Hostess Checklist


Need a shopping list? Printable Thanksgiving Shopping & Coupons List.

Supplies you need for A Leftovers Packaging Station

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Planner Collage FoodFOOD

Cook the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Maple Glazed Ham with Pomegranate and Pineapple Reduction

12 More Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce Recipe

10 Mashed Potatoes Recipes

10 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

5 Pretty Unique Thanksgiving Side Dishes that you won't find everywhere

10 Stuffing & Dressing Recipes

10 Sweet Potato Recipes

Simple Brown Gravy

Mmmm….bread. 10 Dinner Roll Recipes

Looking for an amazing dessert for your Thanksgiving meal? These Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes from Parent Pretty are certain to be a hit with everyone. They are perfect for portion control on a day that not too many of keep that in mind!

Recipes to make good use of Thanksgiving leftovers

Need a great hostess gift? Cranberry Honey Butter is easy to make and looks amazing!


Don't let thin gravy get you down. 9 Ways to Thicken Gravy

Thanksgiving Mistakes Cooks Make

Tips for Anyone on Thanksgiving Day

Want to eat healthy this year? Check this out.

The Very Best Thanksgiving Tips you will Ever Get

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Planner Collage Decor GiftsTABLESCAPES & DECOR

These fabulous Thanksgiving Place Cards need to be on my table!

Free printable PDF: Thanks + Giving place cards

DIY Thanksgiving Chalk Placemats

Some of my favorite bloggers put together fabulous tablescapes for Thanksgiving. Piera at Jolly Mom elevated the Thanksgiving kids table to the fabulous Thanksgiving kids table this year. Crissy from Parent Pretty created stunning a Thanksgiving centerpiece that will certainly wow your guests.

This beautiful Thankful tree is something that you could make with your children and is a perfect center piece.

Make a Corn Husk Wreath for your door or table.

DIY Thanksgiving Crafts and Decor – Beautiful!


Watch one of these 5 Perfect Thanksgiving Movies

Teaching Kids About Thanksgiving

Free printable PDFs: games for giving

Thanksgiving Games for Younger Kids {Printables}

5 Indoor Games to Play After Thanksgiving Dinner

Celebrate what really matters this year by creating a Gratitude Tree for your family.

Thanksgiving Mad Libs – too cute! Put them on the kids and adults table.

Thanksgiving Traditions You Can Enjoy Outside

Thanksgiving BINGO

Give Thanks banner.

Thanksgiving Trivia

5 Fun Outdoor Games to Play on Thanksgiving Day Afternoon

The Family Dinner Project


Have you and your family ever considered giving back for Thanksgiving? For years, my family would work at a soup kitchen or local food donation pantry during the day on Thanksgiving and then head home for dinner. They always needed the extra hands and honestly the work felt good. There are many things that you can do together as a family.

The Family Dinner Project (FDP) is a grassroots movement that champions family dinner as an opportunity to have food, fun, and conversation about things that matter. In partnership with Giving Tuesday, FDP has created a Thanksgiving toolkit including free tips, tools, infographics, and printables to help families have conversations about how to give on Giving Tuesday and beyond.

Infographic: how kids benefit from family dinners

Infographic: 4 weeks to better family dinners

Infographic: giving decision tree

Free printable PDF: conversation starters about giving

Videos + stories: examples of how kids give back

Thanksgiving The Family Dinner Project


Check out this video:

Giving Tuesday Video 4 from Jono Reduker on Vimeo.


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20 Comments Leave a Comment »

  1. Pam

    That is a very helpful list of printables. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  2. What a great assortment of printables for Thanksgiving…and tips and tricks!

  3. Daisy

    This is great! You’ve thought of everything. Love the link to the invitations!

  4. We don’t do Thanksgiving here, but soem of htese tips are great fo rany holiday. I love the gratitutde tree!

  5. wow, you really did think of everything. I’m sure that took hours and hours. Thanks for passing along all of your hard work.

  6. Angela S

    I’ll be working on my menu and shopping list this weekend!

  7. Kita

    This was so needed omg and I love the picture

  8. Wow, so many helpful Thanksgiving planning links!!

  9. Wow, what an amazing, full of information post. I am hosting this year so I will definitely be back again and again!

  10. Great tips. We don’t do Thanksgiving but these are good for others!

  11. What an AWESOME post!!! Yes, I definitely need to start preparing!! Sharing this post! Very useful!

  12. Martha

    My lists are done and shopping is (mostly) done! Now i have to plan the cooking

  13. There is so much work that goes into making a celebration day and meal like Thanksgiving. I like that you shared so many of your tips here to help everyone along.

  14. Oh my goodness, what an awesome resource! I am still in the process of planning out the details…. this is awesome!

  15. These are fantastic tips! I a

  16. Thank you so much! I really need to get started!

  17. This is awesome!! Thank you for all of these links, I’m ready!

  18. You’re stressing me out, lady! LOL Seriously, though, thanks for this compilation of links and tips. I have really procrastinated when it comes to Thanksgiving this year, so I need to get on it PRONTO. You have saved me a lot of work when it comes to scouring the Web for ideas!

  19. Thanks for all the Thanksgiving tips! I really need to start planning Thanksgiving dinner!

  20. I love the leftovers packing station! We always have a little assembly line going with divvying leftovers to the whole fam after Thanksgiving 🙂

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