Easy Thanksgiving Planner: Tips & Organization

Use this Thanksgiving planner to make the holiday easy for you, and so lovely for your family & friends. Includes planning and organization pages, turkey tips, a Thanksgiving prayer, and more.

thanksgiving planner cover placeitThe holiday season is full of challenges. To save our sanity, it’s helpful to prepare for both Thanksgiving and Christmas at the same time. Thanksgiving comes very late in November, so to wait until it’s over to start preparations for Christmas just doesn’t make any sense. To help keep you organized, and juggle two holidays at once, I’ve put together a simple-to-use Thanksgiving planner.

The Thanksgiving planner includes:

  • Cover page
  • November calendar
  • Guest list
  • Menu planner
  • Grocery shopping list
  • Recipe page
  • Table setting plan
  • Thanksgiving Day timeline
  • Printable napkin rings
  • Turkey Tips
  • Thanksgiving prayer

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If you use a calendar binder, this Thanksgiving planner can go right in front. Another idea is to put your Thanksgiving planner and Christmas planner in a binder of their own. That way when it’s time to add the planners for next year, you will have these planners right there for referral. You can think of it as sort of a holiday diary…and an organized one at that!

*The Christmas planner is available to email subscribers in the Members Only Library. If you aren’t on my list, but would like to join us, click {HERE.}

Thanksgiving Prayer

I used an excerpt from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem, “We Thank Thee,” and added a short little verse at the end. It’s a simple reminder to be grateful, and to wish your family and friends a happy holiday season. This Thanksgiving prayer can be printed two to a page, and placed on every chair, so it can be recited by everyone. Or it can be placed at the head of the table, and recited by just one person. (Both versions are included in the PDF.)

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I suggest printing the entire PDF file first, and then if you need multiple copies of some pages, print those as well. The best and easiest way to download and print PDF files is to use Adobe Acrobat Reader. This is a free product and simple to install. Click {HERE} to learn more. **Make sure to uncheck the optional offers for the McAfee products.


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  1. alda ellis says:

    Yes! I am certainly a planner…and I am enjoying yours too. They are pretty and I keep mine from year to year to see how changes have been made from guests, family members and menus. Thank you for sharing and I especially love the prayer. Your work is wonderful. Blessings to you and yours,

  2. Thank you for these planners. They are a delightful way to keep organized or at least try to. 😉

  3. Thank you Ann! The planner and prayer will certainly get me in the mood for for these two busy holidays! And now I can do it with style and organization! Thank you.

  4. Ann, thank you for sharing these beautiful printables. I print the prayer, place it in a frame mat and display it on my desk. The idea is that people will read it and be blessed by it. I like to use place cards on our Thanksgiving table, if possible, would you be kind enough to add place cards to your library? I would be so grateful. Thank you!

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  7. Love love love all of your beautiful things. The free printables are so great.

  8. Thank you so much for this beautiful Thanksgiving planner! I have a hodgepodge of recipes, etc. that I’ve always used, but your planner is so pretty that I’m going to transfer everything to it. I plan to use the napkin rings and prayers, too. Thankful!

  9. Ann Grace says:

    Hi Ann,
    I printed this today on beautiful cream cardstock and then bound it. A friend at work who loves lovely paper as much as I do, begged for a copy. We adore it!
    She stopped in my office later in the day and said, “when do you think the Christmas one will be out!”. I’m so glad I subscribed–your blog is wonderful!!
    Thank you!

  10. Lee Durden says:

    LOVE the Thanksgiving prayer!
    May God bless you & yours this holiday season.

  11. I started my TG “timeline” in the early 80″s to mimic my grandmother who also used one because she was an airhead and so am I. I always started with the menu -put prep/cook times next to the menu and worked backwards from meal time to November 1 (or earlier with shopping) since we like to spread the dinner cost over several weeks. My children do the same and sometimes I send them a file with prefilled pages. If I am hosting, I preview any new dishes, look at my centerpiece and dishes, label the serving dishes, and check off the pre- hosting prep jobs. I consider dinner for 30 people a cakewalk after all the years of doing this. But my absolute favorite TG was the year we did not travel or host -we picked up plates at the Winn-Dixie and took them out to our favorite marina to watch the ocean and eat -just us two. Last year I was on assignment in VA and worked TG.

  12. Thank you once again for your beautiful printables. I’m getting quite a collection since I save them and use them again and again. I have one of your teacup printables hanging always in my kitchen.
    I plan to use the Thanksgiving Prayer as our blessing (or saying grace) at our Thanksgiving Dinner.

  13. These are so pretty & so practical! Thank you!

  14. Planning actually helps relieve stress. This is a great idea. Especially during the upcoming holidays.

    I love the thanksgiving print. We have so much to be thankful for and seeing the print is a wonderful reminder for all

    Thank you Ann for always sharing