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How To Plan A Thanksgiving With Ease

Saturday 10/27/2018

Hello Everyone. Thank you for taking the time to be here today. I appreciate the fact that your busy with work - kids - dinner tonight - homework - then catching up on emails. There just never seems to be enough time in the day to do all that we want to.

Although it's still several weeks away, I think it's important to start thinking about Thanksgiving in a POSITIVE WAY. I'm sure a lot of you are already feeling the stress of putting out an incredible dinner for your family and friends, but you shouldn't have to put this stress on yourself and here's why.

Seriously, just take a moment to sit down in one of your favorite chairs, light a few candles and breath - concentrate on your breathing until it comes back down to a normal pace.

Because I'm a huge planner, I thought that I would help you in organizing things to make getting prepared for Thanksgiving a breeze. Like many things in life, when you break it down into "bite size" pieces - it makes it more manageable.

I've made 8 1/2" x 11" sheets of these planner pages for you to print if you'd like. You can find these on the Blog at How To Plan A Thanksgiving With Ease Templates

Week of November 1 - 8

This first week is going to be putting together lists which is only going to require a little thinking.

Start with putting together a Guest List of everyone who will be arriving for Thanksgiving and what they'll be bringing. DON'T FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO DO ALL THE COOKING. People like taking part in something that they'll be attending. If some people are undecided, still right their names down and check back with them a week or so before Thanksgiving.

Also add your name here and what your planning on making.

This is probably the most important part of planning for Thanksgiving, or any other dinner that your planning.

Week of November 1 - 8

Begin making a list of what you plan on baking for the holiday and any ingredients that you'll need to buy. Then at the end, make a final list for shopping.

Week of November 1 - 8

If you plan on serving alcohol, make a list of what you have already and then what you'll need to buy.

Week of November 9 - 15

This is when you'll do your shopping.


  • Groceries for the meal
  • Groceries for what your baking
  • Alcohol
  • Additional Tableware if needed (at the Dollar Tree) - everything from serving bowls - dinner plates - bread plates - bowls - silverware


Also the time to think about if you'll need additional seating and table space. If you already have some folding chairs - spectacular. If not, I found these wood ones at Ikea. Also, if you have a large family - often times the children will sit at another table. I also found this small one at Ikea that's small enough where they could be eating with everyone else rather than in the kitchen. 

So are you feeling a little bit better now. We've got everything covered. Now it's time for you to take a break and maybe work on some placement cards which really isn't work, but fun.

I've put together some ideas that don't require much of materials and there so simple using what's outdoors.

I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now you know that things can be done with ease if properly planned for.

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