The Gobble Guide: A Free Thanksgiving Planner

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I have two things on my mind: pie and a nice, long nap. Seriously, I can’t even tell you how much I’m looking forward to that after-pie nap!

Apparently not much has changed over the years. My family frequently reminds me of the Thanksgiving when I was about 7 or 8 and bellied up to the table with nothing but apple pie, whipped cream, and potato chips on my dinner plate. While it seemed like a perfectly acceptable meal to me, my mom was certain that the pilgrims were rolling over in their graves!

This week I’ve been planning the menu for our Thanksgiving feast and briefly considered serving only potato chips and dessert. (Afterall, nothing says “God Bless America” quite like a cornucopia full of fried spuds.) But when I asked my family for special Thanksgiving requests, potato chips were nowhere on the list. Cue the sad pilgrim face.

Instead, this year our Thanksgiving menu will include:

I really enjoy cooking as long as I can do it at a leisurely pace with a glass of wine in hand, but tend to get a little frantic when the frenzy of last-minute preparations hits right before the meal goes on the table. An Iron Chef I am not!

The Gobble Guide: Free Printable Thanksgiving Planner

In an attempt to alleviate some of that stress (and because I’m slightly neurotic), I put together this “Gobble Guide” to map out which recipes I can prepare in advance and schedule the time each dish needs to go into the oven on Thanksgiving Day. Hopefully it will keep me on track in the kitchen and perhaps even save the rolls from burning!

You know I love sharing free printables, so here is a blank version of my Gobble Guide that you can customize for your own event. My hope is that this planner will help you organize your holiday so you’ll be less stressed and have more time to spend (eating pie and napping) with loved ones.

Happy Thanksgiving, bloggy friends!

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  1. SheilaNo Gravatar

    Potato chips are fine. No clean up and get the nap sooner.

    Posted November 18, 2011 at 1:37 am | Permalink
  2. I’m always inspired and find something new when I come here, and I especially love the organizing tips! I’m passing on the Versatile Blogger Award:

    Posted December 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Permalink
  3. LaurieNo Gravatar

    Is this still available as a download? For some reason every time I try to download either version, I get a SNAP! error that says it’s not available. Thanks for your help! This looks like just what I need!

    Posted September 9, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Permalink
  4. BaileyNo Gravatar

    OMG! You just made my day! This is going to help save me so much time and energy; its just not funny. Passing this on to everyone I know!

    Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:54 am | Permalink
  5. CathyNo Gravatar

    Thanks for this!

    Posted November 15, 2012 at 9:30 am | Permalink
  6. OMG! I’m so glad I found this! I never can gauge when to put something in the oven so that everything’s done around the same time and everything’s WARM. Thank you so much!

    I also wrote a blog post rounding up some of my favorite Thanksgiving printables, and I featured this. I’m sure my readers will love it!

    Posted November 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
  7. MorganNo Gravatar

    Could you make one themed for a Christmas dinner? I love love love this printable, and it made my planning for Thanksgiving this year so easy!

    Posted November 18, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink
  8. ShaylaNo Gravatar

    Good idea, Morgan! I’ll see what I can do. So glad to hear it helped with Thanksgiving planning!

    Posted November 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Permalink
  9. MarthaNo Gravatar

    I use this every Thanksgiving, and it is fabulous. I also organize Christmas dinner and would LOVE a Christmas themed version of The Gobble Guide.

    Posted November 24, 2013 at 11:49 am | Permalink
  10. AnneNo Gravatar

    Thank you for your generosity!

    Posted November 8, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Permalink
  11. I found your Gobble Guide last year, and came back this year. It was such a huge help and I anticipate it being so this year as well!

    Posted November 21, 2014 at 8:24 am | Permalink

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