The Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu / Prep Schedule

The big day is in 1 week and we’re all almost prepared with an arsenal of recipes that will get rave reviews from everyone! So, let’s pull everything together for the most epic Thanksgiving Menu and then talk prep and making things ahead of time!

Thanksgiving Menu + Prep Schedule from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@Whatsgabycookin)

Here’s the full Thanksgiving Menu:

I mean, is that not the most glorious Thanksgiving menus you’ve ever seen!! Gobble Gobble!

Thanksgiving Menu + Prep Schedule from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@Whatsgabycookin)

Here’s my basic schedule / prep plan for my Thanksgiving Menu:

Sunday:

  • Clean out the fridge
  • Stock up on beer and wine
  • Make a grocery list
  • Shop for all the ingredients
  • If you buy a frozen turkey – make sure to put it in the fridge to start thawing out
  • Reorganize fridge with all the ingredients

Monday:

Tuesday

Thanksgiving Menu + Prep Schedule from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@Whatsgabycookin)Wednesday:

Thursday:

Early Morning / 8am-ish

Before the Feast

Thanksgiving Menu + Prep Schedule from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@Whatsgabycookin)

Have any last minute questions about Thanksgiving, the prep schedule, my Thanksgiving Menu or prep timing…?? Shout them out in the comments below and I’ll respond ASAP!

Photography by Matt Armendariz / Styling by Adam Pearson / Prop styling by Stephanie Hanes / Light Fixture by Serena and Lily/  Recipes by What’s Gaby Cooking

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144 comments

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I can’t believe you made (okay PRE-MADE) all this food to post about it before Thanksgiving. You are amazing and that food, the styling, omg SO gorgeous! Pinned!

  2. Monika

    Now I need to find my pants with the elastic waist! This looks like Thanksgiving dream! Next year I want to come to your house!!!!

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  4. Heather Christo

    This menu is begging for sweatpants. I love it- i wish I was at your pad this year 🙂

  5. Julie @ Table for Two

    Omg!! This spread is an absolute stunner!! Can I come over Thursday?!

  6. Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen

    Fabulous job on the blog Gaby! I’m loving all these recipes – especially the wild mushroom stuffing MMMM!

  7. linda

    i will never understand why you and others continue to show this lovely feast serving those boring, store bought nasty dinner rolls.
    homemade rolls are not rocket science.

    • Gaby

      Hi Linda – I’m so sorry if the rolls offended you! Homemade rolls are certainly not rocket science, you are right! But I take a helping hand from the store every now and then especially when I’m making the entire dinner by myself! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy a delicious homemade roll for me please 🙂 xx

  8. Monika

    This looks perfectly marvelous! I get help from the store as well. I happen to really enjoy some of the things from our market!! My pumpkin pie is always store bought!!!

  9. Christine

    Gaby! This is a fabulous Thanksgiving menu. Incorporating a few of these into our traditions – thank you!! Love all of your recipes and the Friday snapchats… Keep it up! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  10. Lola

    How far in advance (the morning of) can you
    make the potatoes to then reheat at 350?

  11. Maria @ almostproperly.com

    You always do such a great job breaking things down to make them feel more manageable!! I love it when people provide the tools/plan so that readers feel confident taking on an undertaking like Thanksgiving! It makes me grateful that my family approaches the holiday potluck style, but I recall the years we spent making all the fixings for our friends-giving when my husband’s military buddies would come over – having a plan was the only way! Ha!

  12. Amanda

    Hey! What is the mac n cheese recipe you used! I have little kids to please 🙂 Thanks in advance love your blog!

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  19. Jess @ stuckonsweet.com

    Give me all of it!!! What a lovely dinner. Appreciate the step by step approach, too!

  20. Monika

    Please come over and spend the week making EVERYTHING on this menu!!!! Delish!

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  22. Megan

    But wait I swear you made Mac and Cheese in your snapchat story!!! Do you have the link for that for me? That is my responsibility for my “Friendsgiving” this weekend.

    oxox

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  25. Noelle

    In the picture there looks to be an acorn and delicato squash dish, I’m not able to tell which recipe it is?

    Noelle

  26. Margaret

    Hi Gaby! I am just now getting a chance to look at this post. Do you think it would be okay if I made the stuffing filling on Monday and then combined with the bread on Thursday? Or could I even cook it ahead of time? It’s my thanksgiving contribution but with my 12 hr nurse shifts on Tuesday and Wednesday I won’t have time to make it either of those days. Thank you in advance 🙂 Also I would just like to say that I am a new follower and could not be more obsessed- you’re awesome and make me want to be a better cook!!

    • Gaby

      Hey!! Yes, you can make the stuffing filling on Monday and combine Thurs for sure!! and THANK YOU!!!

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    Hi gaby, looking for the printable menu as I’m going to do this amazing menu for Christmas Eve dinner….but I can’t find where you posted the printable menu…? Can you please reshare or advise where I can find?? Thanks!!!

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