This is the first year I’m hosting Thanksgiving at my house. I have to admit that when we first picked who would get which holiday I was worried sick. The absolute LAST holiday I wanted was Thanksgiving.
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Now don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving and I love to cook. But when I do, everything is rather haphazard and I can almost never get the timing right. Which isn’t a huge deal normally but on Thanksgiving it’s basically a sin.
No one wants cold green bean casserole… I mean really!
I started writing down which items I would assign to who. Then I started to realize the ridiculousness of my anxiety, and told myself it was just one meal.
Now that I decided I could cook it all myself – I just needed a little planning to help me prepare – all in my bullet journal of course!
So I created a three page Thanksgiving spread…
The first page is all about the menu!
On the top half I drew a table, and wrote in all the items on the menu. The smaller table is for the desserts – equally as important as dinner. Each item also has a cook time written in with it. This will help in my timeline later (my official attempt at everything being ready together!)
The next page is my grocery list. My menu made it easy to see what I needed as I thought about each item and made my way through my pantry.
Next up is my timeline. I’m planning to serve dinner at 3PM so I backed in all my items from there. Adding the times with my menu items also made it easy to map everything.
Another idea that came to mind when doing this spread (or any dinner prep) was a guest list. I only have 8 for this Thanksgiving so it was easy to keep track of who’s in or out but if you have more you may want to include that too. Or even a list of your guests and their favorite menu items if you know them or they’ve mentioned it.
So that’s my Thanksgiving spread! Is anyone else planning dinner in their bujo?