Creating A Thanksgiving Week Schedule

Thanksgiving 2011

I fully intended on creating a lovely Thanksgiving Schedule in PDF format. One that was easily printable and you could hang it up on the fridge to have on hand.  Well best laid plans and all that.  I tried designing a nice schedule and nothing was working out the way it needed to.  So many days and beers later, here we are.

I am still sharing a schedule with you to give you an idea of how you can plan out Thanksgiving week, it just won’t be all kinds of infographic pretty.  I know that you have also tried to design something using a “user friendly” design program and so I know you can relate to how frustrating those programs can be.

All that said, it’s Thanksgiving week so let’s get in the kitchen and get cooking!  When creating a schedule always think about things that can be prepped ahead and how far ahead they can be prepped.  Veggies can be chopped up early in the week and the pie and rolls can be made early on as well.

Here’s a sample schedule (which is actually my schedule for this week!) to give you an idea of how to plan out the week.



  • Finish any last minute grocery shopping.
  • Put turkey in fridge to start thawing.
  • Make stock.


  • Prep and chop any veggies that you will be using (carrots, celery, onions, green beans, collards, etc).
  • Make rolls (if you are making rolls).



  • Prep turkey and get it in the oven.
  • Have a drink.
  • Reheat the collards in the slow cooker.
  • Have a drink.
  • Cook and mash the potatoes.
  • Have a drink.
  • Warm up the rolls (if you made them).
  • Have a drink.
  • Make gravy.
  • Have a drink.
  • When the turkey is cooked and resting, heat up stuffing and green bean casserole.
  • Have a drink.
  • Serve pie after dinner.
  • Have a drink.



Wednesday is a big cooking day when you’ll be doing the most prepping.  Thursday will be a lot more relaxed because most of the work is already done.  All you’ll have to do is cook the turkey, make mashed potatoes, and make gravy.  Everything else is done and will just need to be reheated!

This schedule is just to give you an idea of how you can prep and plan ahead so you aren’t making everything on Thursday.  Time in the kitchen is spaced out over the week which means you’ll be more relaxed on the big day and can enjoy it more!  It’s a guideline and you can adjust it to include the menu items that you’ll be making.

I’ve already got Monday knocked out including last minute shopping!  I headed out early today and the stores weren’t too bad.  Though Whole Foods was starting to get crazy as I was leaving.  I’ve got stock going in the crockpot and the turkey is in the fridge!

Now go and knock out this week like a pro!

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