Easy Thanksgiving Planning Guide

We’re sharing an easy Thanksgiving Planning Guide complete with a countdown checklist and printable today!

No matter if you have a big friends and family group or a small one, coordinating holiday plans is no simple feat.

It definitely takes time and effort, you know?

Easy Thanksgiving Planning Guide-The Crowned Goat

For us, the holidays usually run from Thanksgiving to the end of February with lots of parties, birthday celebrations, events, and driving long distances thrown in the mix. 

Over the years, we’ve learned to plan as much as possible in advance and to give each other lots of grace. 

Undeniably, keeping those two factors at the forefront of our holiday festivities has helped us to be more intentional about the time we’re able to spend together which has made all the difference.

Thanksgiving Planning and Checklist Ideas

I know so many of you are working long hours and have a lot on your plates right now.

So, I thought I would share our family’s Thanksgiving Planning Checklist with you. 

It’s an easy way to keep track of what you may need to schedule, pack, plan, or bring for the upcoming holiday. 

We usually print it out on card stock so we can work on it as time allows. 

Because having a visual reminder always helps!

Thanksgiving Activity Ideas

It’s definitely going to feel like a completely different kind of celebration this year given it will be our very first Thanksgiving at home and not at the farm or at the cabin.

We’re all excited to make new memories and create new traditions though.

My Mom is so excited she’s already sent us a menu for the weekend and an activity list too!  

If you’re just starting this process as well, here are some things to consider trying….

  • Share a special meal together
  • Make your family’s favorite cookies
  • Create and mail Christmas cards
  • Go on a hayride
  • Bob for apples
  • Make smores around the firepit
  • Host a chili cookoff
  • Walk on the beach
  • Hike a new trail
  • Shop for Christmas presents 
  • Make a gingerbread house
  • Watch a football game or play a game in the backyard
  • Volunteer at the soup kitchen
  • Attend a tree lighting ceremony
  • Decorate the Christmas tree
  • Make Christmas ornaments
  • Take family pictures
  • End the weekend with sparklers and cider

I hope this easy Thanksgiving planning guide and countdown lists have helped.

Undoubtedly, this time of year can be a hectic one.  

So, let us know if we’ve forgotten to add any of your family’s favorite holiday activities to the list. That way, we can keep it updated.

We don’t want to miss out on anything fun!

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Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Hey CoCo – Lord knows that our schedules are so busy we just discussed Thanksgiving last night! And we were shocked at our discoveries!! Planning and communication are definitely key to a successful holiday season. Your checklist is beautiful and so very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

    1. We’ve sent it out to our friends and family members that travel so I thought it may help you guys too. Every little bit of organization help makes a difference, right? I’m looking forward to the candy bag ha ha. Hugs, Coco

  2. Such great ideas! And what a lovely printable. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

  3. This is so helpful! On a side note, I love your dishes!! They are beautiful.

  4. Hi CoCo! I’m so excited about Thanksgiving, it’s such a wonderful holiday! Thanks for providing the checklist, it’s so helpful to have! I love your list of activities to do on the weekend, you’ve given me some good ideas! I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend together! Blessings, Donna

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