Keep on schedule (and even work ahead!) during the week before the holiday with this free Thanksgiving week checklist printable and time management tips that's part of a full multi-page Holiday Planner.
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The holiday months of November and December can be such a fun time of year. However, it can also be overwhelming, so although we often have lots of ideas of what we can do or want, it's important to plan and prioritize so we concentrate on the good stuff and leave the rest behind.
That's where the Thanksgiving Week Printable Checklist and Holiday Planner come in. Whether it's new recipes to try, gifts to make (and buy), or decorating, one of the keys to keeping a simple homemade holiday is to plan early to focus on what's important to you and not feel rushed.
The Thanksgiving Week Checklist is now found in the free Holiday Planner which includes:
- 8 Weeks of Christmas Ideas series, with cookies, ornaments, and decorating ideas.
- Easy Gift Wrapping System + How to Wrap a Box with a Lid
- 31 Days of Handmade Gifts for Christmas, Birthdays & More
- Favorite Things Gift Guides Series
- Christmas Recipes
- Christmas Decorating & Crafts
I hope you always know you can just take what is useful to you and leave the rest -my goal is to help you to enjoy your own version of a simple homemade life!
What's Included on the Thanksgiving Week Checklist
The Thanksgiving checklist is a simple 6-day printable to help you plan for the American Thanksgiving holiday, giving you ideas for small things you can do each day to be prepared for the big day.
In addition, you'll find a hour-by-hour guideline to the Thanksgiving dinner, including a sample turkey roasting timeline, so that all your food is ready at the same time.
This is exactly what I do if I'm serving the dinner - I simply wrote down the steps and timing in an easy-to-read checklist format for you.
How to get the Thanksgiving Week Checklist
If you're already a subscriber to our weekly newsletter, you can find this printable in the subscriber VIP library as part of the 19-page Holiday Planner (use the password at the bottom of all the emails you get from me).
If not, click here to sign up for the newsletter or fill out the form below and after verifying your email address, you will get an email with the password to access the library and download this printable (and any others you may want!).
Thanksgiving Time Management Tips
We all can benefit from time management tips to prepare a bit early so we can enjoy the actual holiday more relaxed.
My favorite part of the Thanksgiving checklist is the sample timeline for cooking your turkey because that's always the biggest thing I worry about figuring out: how to get everything done at once and on the table?
Here are a few of my tried-and-true time management tips for Thanksgiving (or any time I entertain), many of which you'll find in the checklist:
- Select & shop for recipes early and write down a menu (even if it's only for you). That way you can check that everything you made early actually makes in onto the table (yep - I've forgotten the cranberry sauce in the back of the fridge…).
- Don't over-do the table. Candles and dried leaves are perfect - anything else should just be something you enjoy doing, not a thing you feel you have to do.
- Prep as much in advance as possible. Follow this printable and make rolls, desserts, cranberry sauce, and more days in advance and freeze. Cut any vegetables you need on the big day the day before and store them in the dishes you'll serve them in.
- Set the table the day before (though the morning of is good, too).
- Wash kitchen items as you use them and run the dishwasher if needed early so it's empty for the dinner dishes.
- Put someone in charge of drinks before and during dinner and coffee after.
I hope this checklist and tips help you and your family to have a blessed and relaxing holiday!
If you're looking for Thanksgiving recipe and easy decor ideas, be sure to check out this page dedicated to all things Thanksgiving - even recipes for leftovers!
I'd like to take a minute in the spirit of the holiday to let you know how thankful I am that you take the time to stop by, read, and leave comments, helping to make our little community what it is - and allowing me to run this website as my job. I am blessed by you!