Are you ready to think about Thanksgiving yet? Or are you like me and you are in denial that it is already this time of year? Regardless of the fact that I’m not ready, it is still time to think about what we are doing for Thanksgiving as well as our Thanksgiving Menu.
When we first moved to Virginia it was an easy slam dunk that for Thanksgiving we would make a 1.5-hour drive to be with relatives on Thanksgiving day. As my girls have gotten older and we have gotten more established with friends here, it has become a discussion every year if we want to make 10lbs of mashed potatoes and get up early to make the drive or do we want to host Thanksgiving at our house with friends. We are still in discussions for this year and have pros and cons either way.
I know that for many of you, you may be the host for your family or a group of friends. Keeping track of what the Thanksgiving menu will be as well as who is bringing what can be a bit of a project in and of itself. In an effort to make Thanksgiving a little easier for all of us, I’ve got a free printable for you today that you can use to keep track of things so you don’t lose your mind this Thanksgiving. (Yay for sane Mommies!) I’ve even got a cute bonus for you as well. 🙂
I’ve got two different forms for you to help you be a little more organized this Thanksgiving. Some of the items are on both lists because sometimes it is nice to have the information in multiple places. Of course, if that drives you nuts, just select one of the forms that best suits your needs.
First things first, we have to figure out who is coming and how many people they are bringing. I have a printable for you to keep track of that. At the bottom of this sheet is a place to plan out what menu items you plan to have for Thanksgiving, which can then easily be assigned or discussed among the people coming to Thanksgiving.
The second printable is a place for you to specify the dishes being brought as well as who is bringing them. Then it gives you a place to plan your shopping list based on that for which you are responsible. I’m a visual person, so having this all together on one sheet will help me make sure not to miss anything when I plan my shopping list. It will help me not having to flip back and forth between the menu plan and the shopping list. If you don’t work that way, you may not need this sheet and may only need the first Guest list and Dinner Menu printable.
So, I mentioned I have a cute bonus printable for you as well. I personally love doing cutesy fun things so my guests feel special when they leave. When it is time to send home leftovers with everyone, I will have these cute stickers I can place on the containers. Just print these stickers on full-size label sheets (affiliate link) and have them handy when it is time to pack up the food. Pop them on the container and everyone will have some cuteness on their leftovers. Love it!
Now if you need recipes for light and fluffy mashed potatoes or a delicious whole food version of green bean casserole, I’ve got you covered. I’ve also got a post with over 25 great recipes for Thanksgiving and some yummy turkey nachos which are a delicious way to use up some of that leftover turkey. So, if you are like me, we are half way there with getting things planned for Thanksgiving. Maybe it is time for a little break for a glass of wine now. Lol!