Easy Thanksgiving Menu & How To Actually Enjoy The Day (Free Printables)

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When planning Thanksgiving 2018, ideally we’d all love an easy Thanksgiving menu, easy Thanksgiving games, and easy Thanksgiving recipes to help us actually enjoy Thanksgiving Day.  Amen?  Well… I’m sharing my easy thanksgiving recipes – including how to cook a turkey and fast Thanksgiving hacks to know how to prepare for Thanksgiving dinner ahead of time.  Lose the overwhelm with my free Thanksgiving printables, Thanksgiving menu planner (that shows my actual Thanksgiving menu), my recipes, and Thanksgiving printable games for the kiddos!!!

close up of thanksgiving menu planner and flowers

You won’t find crazy-complicated Thanksgiving planning around here.  Nope, keeping it simple is my only jam.  There are few things you can do to pull off a wonderfully successful Thanksgiving Day and actually enjoy the day along with everyone else!  Want step-by step instructions on what to do and when to do it to have a stressfree and enjoyable Thanksgiving Day?!

Quick Thanksgiving menu prep

When planning Thanksgiving day, there are two quick things to do ahead of time – even if it’s only three to four days before Thanksgiving (although I suggest starting at least the week before).

  1. make a quick list of guests
  2. list any must-have Thanksgiving menu items

It’s imperative to know a ballpark number of how many guests you’ll be feeding.  That way you can go ahead and start planning your easiest Thanksgiving menu and shopping lists.  Also, by knowing which items must be on the Thanksgiving menu, like traditional foods or family requests, you can find the easiest Thanksgiving recipes and plan accordingly.

By the way, I have many traditional-Thanksgiving-recipes-made-easy within my easy & stressfree Thanksgiving Day set! [Just saying!]

Easy Thanksgiving menu recipes

Every family is different is what they want to choose for their Thanksgiving menu.  I may be biased but I think our Thanksgiving menu list is pretty traditional and incredibly tasty!  I’m excited to share Thanksgiving recipes that aren’t intimidating to make.

In the Thanksgiving Day set, you’ll receive printable recipes of these things on our easy Thanksgiving menu:

  • my easy Thanksgiving turkey
  • my easy Thanksgiving apple pie recipe
  • my easy Thanksgiving pecan pie recipe
  • my easy Southern pound cake recipe

Is your mouth watering yet?

Easy Thanksgiving planning for adults AND kids

When you are able to find out exactly how many adults and how many children you’ll have for Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll be able to do some quick planning to accommodate them.

Don’t panic!

Start with the kids.  They’ll be just as happy sitting at a small card table without one Thanksgiving decoration if they know that their table is especially for them.  Simply print out the Thanksgiving printable games included in the free set and place them in the center of the table with some crayons.

They’ll love that!

Want the stress free step-by-step to pull of a fun and joyful Thanksgiving celebration?

Do you need help with an easy Thanksgiving menu this year?  Tell me about your plans in the comments.


The very first Thanksgiving

Published on HuffPost, Okefenokee Living Magazine, and more, Shan is a Family Travel Journalist with a passion for helping women lose the overwhelm of planning family-friendly trips in the south. She shares travel reviews & insider secrets that Women REALLY want to know about Georgia, Florida, & the Carolinas vacations.

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  1. GiGi Eats
    November 4, 2018 / 12:09 am

    I love thanksgiving soooo much! The day ROCKS! I have no drama in my family, we all just get together and have fun and help cook and then of course EAT!!! 🙂 This year I am spending it with my family which I haven’t done in a LONG TIME so it should be interesting!

    • Shan
      November 4, 2018 / 8:18 am

      Yay, Gigi. That’s awesome. Sounds like you are a Thanksgiving Day lover like me. Here’s hoping it’s the best Thanksgiving Day ever with your family!!!


  2. Diane
    November 6, 2018 / 7:48 am

    I love Thanksgiving and this year I am finally hosting for family now that we are back home in New England!! What a great idea this is!!!

  3. Heather Nicole Gilbert
    November 6, 2018 / 10:50 am

    Thanksgiving can be so stressful! I swear we cook all day and are so stressed and don’t even get to enjoy our food hahaha

  4. jenna | the urben life
    November 6, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    I’m all about preparing ahead for Thanksgiving! I’ll be cooking a lot this season, maybe even hosting… We don’t know yet hah! These tips will definitely come in handy.

  5. Maria
    November 6, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    Duh! Entertaining the kids is half the battle! Thanks for the wisdom. 🙂

    • Shan
      November 7, 2018 / 8:06 am

      You are funny, Maria. Enjoy!


  6. Bailey
    November 7, 2018 / 9:19 am

    This is so helpful! Planning is definitely key to making sure the day goes by smoothly.

  7. Erin Haugerud
    November 7, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    Great suggestions!! The easier the better!!

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