There was no question that my husband would make the turkey, chutney and stuffing but we still needed to figure out who would buy all the ingredients and make everything else. I made a spreadsheet with all the meals and ingredients and e-mailed it to anyone who would need it. It helped make it easier for anyone who needed to pick up certain ingredients or make any dishes ahead of time.
Steps to Planning a Successful Thanksgiving Dinner
- Make a list of all the dishes that will be included. If you are having family over all day, don’t forget to include breakfast and snacks or appetizers.
- For each dish, write in where to find the recipe if necessary.
- Make a list of what ingredients are needed for each dish.
- Divide the ingredients or full dishes among each person contributing to the meal.
- Plan out which dishes need to be made in advance and when you (or someone else) will make all the others.
- Send the list out so everyone can get what they need for the meal.
If you are looking for some more help with planning your Thanksgiving dinner, check out this Thanksgiving menu planner from Life Your Way. It covers everything from planning the simple menu to figuring out when each dish needs to be put in the oven. It looks like a great resource!
Printable Place Cards
I also started using place cards for our dinner last year. I like that it gives the table a nice touch. Plus it makes it easier to know where each person is sitting. Each person can even keep their place card next to their drink so there isn’t any confusion about belongs to various glasses sitting around.
For these place cards, I added a verse on the back and a blank space on the front to put a name. You can print them as is and write in the name or use a program like PicMonkey to add text for each name. See the tutorial below on how to use PicMonkey.
Click the image below to open the printable page where you can download and print your own place cards. Print as many copies as you need but please use them for personal purposes only.
Print your cards on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock or photo paper. Cut out each card and fold in half. Now you have your own place cards!
How to Use PicMonkey to Add Names to Your Place Cards
I made the basic template for these place cards with Microsoft Publisher. Then I used PicMonkey to add the fonts. If you are new to making graphics or photo editing, PicMonkey (affiliate link) is a great program to start with. The basic version if free and you can use it online without having to download anything. I use for almost all of my graphics and photos on Joyful Thrifty Home.
It doesn’t take very many steps to make your place cards look the same as mine. You can obviously change the fonts or colors any way you choose. To start you will need to have downloaded the place card file from the link above. Then go to www.picmonkey.com/ (affiliate link) and click edit a photo to upload the file. Then click the Tt icon on the left sidebar. Now continue to the steps below.
Step 2: Re-size the text box to fit in the middle of blank spot on one of the cards. Choose a text size that will allow the name to fit in that box. I used 180 for the names on my cards.
Step 3: Choose a font. For my cards, I used the font New Vibes.
Step 4: Choose a color for the font. To use the color picker, click the small rectangle in the text editor. Use the dropper to choose a color. For my cards, I chose the dark maroon color from the stems of the leaves.
Repeat for each card. Then save and print!
Where are you having your Thanksgiving this year?
Do you have any family traditions that you do for Thanksgiving?