Thanksgiving Meal Plan & Ingredient List Printable

I have to plan for Thanksgiving early. While our Christmas festivities are usually spread throughout the month of December, our Thanksgiving plans usually occur all within one day. And between my husband and myself, we have a large family with several parties to attend. All in ONE DAY!! It makes me a little crazy.
What helps me cope is to get prepared early. We don’t eat a full meal at each place we stop -we typically have 4 stops to make on Thanksgiving day- yes, we are the family you see flying up and down the road all day on Thanksgiving. But I like to take at least a dessert to each of our stops, simply as a “Thank You” for our wonderful families who host a Thanksgiving festivity in their home.
Making 4 desserts and meal items for our church community dinner equals more ingredients than I can keep up with. To simplify it, I sit down a few weeks in advance (like, this week) and decide exactly what item I am taking to each place. I write these out on a sheet of paper. I’ll pull the recipes out to the side. Next, I look over the ingredient list. I make a list of all the ingredients and separate them into “Items I Have in My Pantry” and “Items That I Need to Buy”. I have found that if I do not write down items I already have, I common miss a few ingredients. Placing items in each column help me guarantee I had everything I need.
On the Friday before Thanksgiving, I go to the grocery store and purchase any items that I do not have. I go the Friday before so that I am not grocery shopping the week of Thanksgiving (that will make you never want to cook again).
It may seem simplistic, but the act of staying organized helps keep me calm and thankful during a busy holiday.
Do you have a busy Thanksgiving? If so, I have just the thing for you! A Thanksgiving Meal Plan & Ingredient’s List printable! Print out the sheets. On the Thanksgiving Meal Plan sheet, write down each place that you have to go and the date/time. List what recipe you are taking. On the Ingredient’s List sheet, write down the ingredients you need and the ones you already have.
To use these printables, click on the image. It should open up in a new window. Save it to your computer and print to use!
I hope these lists help you, too, stay organized this Thanksgiving!


  1. says

    yay for organization! you’re a girl after my own heart! thanks for linking this up to last week’s tip-toe thru tuesday party! i hope to see you again this week!

    andie @ crayonfreckles

  2. says

    Hi Melanie, this is a great idea, especially if you are very busy during the holiday season. I used to have a master shopping list years ago and from this I would check off the items I needed when grocery shopping – it was much easier than trying to write down what I thought I needed. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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