The best part about The Happy Planner™ is the customization! You can add to or remove pages from your planner - no matter what week you're on - to help you stay organized and best suit your needs at any given moment in time! Today, we're sharing these Thanksgiving planning pages that mambi Design Team member Megan McKenna (@megannxo27) decided to create to add to her Happy Planner™ and aid in her Thanksgiving Day hosting duties. (We're 10 days away, you know.)
About these pages, Megan writes:
"One of my favorite parts about Thanksgiving is that Brian and I host it every year at our house so that puts me in charge of planning it all! This includes the theme of decor, what we will be eating, table settings, grocery lists, and so much more! I created a few pages in my Happy Planner™ this year so all of my plans for Thanksgiving can be in one place."
Megan's explanation of each page:
- Inspiration Board - I made a real life Pinterest board layout right on a piece of graph paper and I LOVE how it looks! I printed out some of the photos that I've pinned so I can keep it all together. These are a few ideas for table settings, decor and color schemes (this year I'm going with white, gold, black and natural brown). I also included outfit ideas! I want to wear a long sweater with a chunky necklace! Last year I wore a big blanket scarf and let me tell you, cooking with a blanket scarf on is a bad idea for so many reasons!
- A Guest List - If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner, you need to make sure you have a head count so you know how much food to make and how many spots at the table you need to set. This is a good place to also keep track of who is bringing what food to help out with!
- Turkey Day ToDo's - There might be so many thoughts going through your head when trying to coordinate the big day. You need to clean the house, polish the silverware, empty out the fridge and make room, create a music playlist for dinner, make sure you have firewood for the fireplace, and SO much more, right? Having one big running to do list will be your best friend through the whole planning process.
- Grocery List - This is a given. Let me give you a tip! When your master grocery list is separated into sections, it might not seem so overwhelming while your shopping then when its just one straight line of items. Also, if possible, go shopping EARLY! Get to the store a couple days before so you don't have to be that person in line the morning of Thanksgiving with a million other people that forgot that one thing on their list.
- Recipe Sheets - Add some sheets from the Recipe Organizer Extension pack so you have all the new recipes you want to try this year all together in your Thanksgiving Planner! You could also pass these around to your guests to fill out and you can make your own Recipe Book full of Thanksgiving ideas from your friends and family!
- Cooking Plan Hourly Sheets! - These I am probably most excited about! The new hourly sheets that came out in the October 31st release are PERFECT for your cooking plan! It can be so overwhelming trying to figure out when everything has to go in the oven, for how long, and when everything will be done at the same time. The times are in 30 minute intervals so you can perfectly time out prepping your sides, getting the main course in the oven, prepping dessert so that's cooking after dinner is done and everything in between! If you have activities that you are playing or doing during the day you can even plan that out too!
- On The Menu - This will be your master menu sheet. When you have all of your recipes together, plan out the full menu. This will then be easier to create your grocery list in full detail! This also will help seeing who is bringing what food so you know what you still have to get at the store.
I hope I inspired you to get organized this year, and wish you and your family the warmest and happiest Thanksgiving!
Shop supplies Megan used by clicking on the items below.