Keep on schedule (and even work ahead) during the week before the holiday with this free Thanksgiving week checklist printable and time management tips.
So guys, I just have so.many.good.things to share with you all during the holiday months! I want to make sure you get new recipes to try, gifts to make (or buy) now to get a bit ahead of the Christmas rush, and find decorating ideas in enough time to use them.
And with the 8 Weeks of Christmas Ideas series, there is even more (think cookies, ornaments, and decorating). It’s a fun time of the year, isn’t it? I hope you always know you can just take what is interesting to you on AOC and leave the rest – I only want to keep providing useful things with the goal of helping you to enjoy your version of a simple homemade life.
Thanksgiving Week Checklist
While bringing lots of information may not seem simple, each and every article I share has a goal to make your life better in some way. Like this simple 6-day Thanksgiving Week Checklist printable I made to help you plan for the (American) Thanksgiving holiday.
SO many times through the years, even when I’m not hosting, I’ve wondered what I could/should be doing in the days before the big dinner, so I started writing down some ideas and decided to put it all together in an easy-to-read checklist format for you to download, in case you’re like me and wonder what the heck you should be doing and when. 🙂
How to get the Thanksgiving Week Checklist
If you’re already a subscriber to AOC’s weekly newsletter, you can find this printable in the subscriber VIP library (use the password at the bottom of all the emails you get from me). If not, click here to sign up for the newsletter 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
I hear from many of you about needing time-management help and this list is full of the things you can be doing to prepare a bit early so you can enjoy the actual holiday more. I’ve even included a 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.
- 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 helps you and your family to have a blessed and relaxing holiday! If you’re looking for recipe and easy decor ideas, be sure to check out this page dedicated to all things Thanksgiving – even recipes for leftovers! (Tip: pin the image on the page since I update this page yearly.)
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!
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