If you're in charge of Thanksgiving, there is a lot to manage from planning the dinner menu to decorating your home. A holiday shopping list can help you stay organized and make sure you have everything you need to create the perfect holiday.
Free Printable Thanksgiving Shopping List
The customizable Thanksgiving shopping list includes the ingredients you need to make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. It covers popular Thanksgiving recipes such as mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green beans with almonds, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and pecan pie. It also includes table setting and decorative items. If you need help downloading and printing the list, check out some Adobe printable tips.
Decide on Your Menu
Before using the shopping list printable, it's best to sit down and plan out your menu. This includes everything from appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages and cocktails for the adults, entrees, side dishes and desserts. You should also plan on including additional items for special dietary needs, such as gluten-free or vegan options. You will also need to account for the number of guests you expect to attend to see if you need to adjust the ingredient amounts.
Customize the List
Once you have the list on your computer, compare it to your collection of recipes on your menu to make sure that everything you need is covered. If not, you can update the list on your computer to add key ingredients. To use the list, follow these instructions:
- Use the blank spaces at the bottom of each category to add missing items.
- If you need more blank spaces, there are more blank spaces at the end of the document.
- For items that were already on the list, you can write on the printed list the amount you need to buy. You might also want to write in a specific brand name or a reminder to use a coupon.
- For more efficient shopping, try to group the items that you add into the recognizable areas of the grocery store on the list, such as produce, baking supplies, meat and canned goods.
Check Your Pantry
Once you have a final list, be sure to check your pantry to see if you already have any of items before heading to the store. You may already have plenty of staples like flour and sugar so you don't want to overbuy what you don't need.
Before you finalize your list, think about non-food items you might need that you're apt to forget since they won't be on the recipe list. This can include extra napkins, paper towels, cooking pans, and even cleaning supplies to prepare your home for your guests. You may also want to include extra place settings and tablecloths if you'll be setting up extra tables. It always helps to picture the scene in your house during dinner to think up anything you might need so you're completely ready to go on Thanksgiving day.
Stay Organized for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving
Preparing for Thanksgiving leaves many people overwhelmed. As a result, they spend the holiday stressed instead of enjoying time with family and friends. Doing what you can ahead of time to make sure all bases are covered, like making a thorough Thanksgiving shopping list, helps you stay focused and on track. Do what you can to make cooking your holiday meal easier so you can have as much fun as all your guests.