Thanksgiving Menu – Meal Planning * Free Printable *

Hey everyone!  Today I am sharing a free printable Thanksgiving meal and grocery planner that I made to help me stay organized this holiday.  I know this year the holidays are going to be anything but normal.  Even so, we always need to organize our plans and thoughts somewhere.  No matter how big or small the party, all the pieces need to fit together to make for the best day possible.  Personally, I feel like I have some holiday sadness to make up for this year since we spent last Christmas sick in bed with the flu.  It was the worst.  We had just gotten our brand new puppy, Bandit, and two days later my daughter tested positive for the flu.  Then the rest of us did.  Christmas morning my son was so sick he couldn’t even open up his gifts.  🙁

SO this year I want to make things extra special, even though we can’t be with our loved ones in person, I was to make special and thoughtful gift baskets to drop off to their homes and FaceTime them all one by one so we can at least see each other and chat for a little while!  All of this requires planning and organization or it will never happen.  I am also trying my best to get the kids presents all bought and wrapped ASAP!  I am off to a great start so I will keep you all up to date on that with a gift guide soon and pictures of my progress.

I always look forward to the holidays, all the decorating planning and doing is exciting and fun but can be really stressful and overwhelming too if I don’t start early enough and try to pack too much into December which is usually what happens.  I am determined not to have that happen this year!  Halloween turned out pretty great around here.  My kids loved their costumes and got to do some light trick or treating with my husband while I photographed a Halloween themed wedding (I am a professional photographer).  It was pretty awesome.

I missed the kids a lot but the experience of this wedding was something I will never forget.  I truly didn’t think the kids would be able to trick or treat at all but my husband and his mom were able to take them out safely to a few close neighbors houses and my kids were thrilled with all the candy they were given because they got so few visitors, win win.  I guess I need to accept that I can’t always be there for all the things, even though I can’t even think of another time I’ve ever missed anything important to them, its  ok.  We’re growing.

Now we’re moving on to Thanksgiving prep and light decorations that will merge into mostly putting up our Christmas tree earlier than ever to match up with growing trends.  I want to plan out my meal and desserts this week because that kind of stuff gets me excited.  I decided the best way to do this would be to make a printable because their cute and fun to put on fridge or in my binder, and they are super helpful for planning out my grocery lists for the next two weeks.  I am thinking I would like to try and get at least some non perishables/ frozen stuff this week that way I know I have everything I need and I am not dealing with Walmart + running out of everything in my order.  (I have a real love hate relationship with Walmart +)

Side note:  Have you watched the newest episode of Superstore (S1E1) it’s perfect.  Watch it.  

If you are looking for a free printable so you can plan out your Thanksgiving meal and grocery list, you’ve come to the right place because today I am sharing mine!  Happy planning 😉

Click Here to Download the *free* Printable Thanksgiving Meal Planner

This free printable planning sheet download is a pdf file that prints as a full sheet of 8.5×11 inch computer paper in color or you can opt for black in white during the printing process.

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