Holiday Dinner Planning

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Making a big holiday dinner takes a lot of time and a ton of planning! Between the turkey, gravy and all of the sides plus decor and dessert there is so much to think about!

I’ve partnered with Bob Evans Grocery to share some my all time favorite tips to make holiday meal planning a breeze, save you tons of time and I’ve even created a free printable servings planner to help make sure you have just the right amount of food!

Holiday Dinner planning helps make stress free festive meals and prepared side dishes also helps with this as well!

One of my favorite things to do is to entertain and call me crazy, but that includes preparing a big turkey dinner for a crowd.


To me this meal is a labor of love and a time for everyone to connect and get together.  Whether your crowd is two people or 32 people, it’s a time to remember what exactly it is we have to be thankful for.

Over the years, I have hosted the big turkey dinner countless times.  Years ago, I used to prepare everything from scratch.  Every side, every dessert, rolls… all of it. I later realized that I really didn’t have to spend 6 days preparing a meal.

holiday dinner planning made easy with prepared sides like this mac and cheese and mashed potatoes

Cooking a turkey (or even just a turkey breast) is enough work on it’s own.  Adding in prepared sides will make your meal a total breeze and save you DAYS in the kitchen leading up to the big day!

Bob Evans creates side dishes perfect for every meal! From Mac & Cheese to Mashed Potatoes, there is a side to complete each and every meal! They’re delicious and taste just like homemade, nobody will even know the difference!!

holiday dinner planning made easy with prepared side dishes picture here

How Much Food Do I Need?

I’ve created an easy printable turkey dinner planner to help with the planning of your holiday meal!  This planner is designed to help you make sure you’ve got just the right amount of food for your dinner!

Holiday Dinner Planning chart to help with menu planning

View & PRINT your copy Here


  • Turkey (with or without leftovers
  • Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Rolls
  • Choose 1 vegetable
  • Choose 1 side casserole (green bean casserole or corn casserole)
  • Choose secondary side (macaroni and cheese or sweet potatoes)
  • Pie

Whether it’s holiday dinner or a thursday night Honey Garlic Roasted Pork Tenderloin, picking up a premade side is the perfect way to save time allowing you to focus on what really matters. Friends and family!

Serve the sides as is or use them to create new favorites to compliment your dish! Simply start with your favorite Bob Evans side dish and add in your favorites, heat and serve!!

Side Dish Add-In Ideas

Bob Evans Mashed Potato Add-Ins:

  • Cheddar, bacon and chives
  • Roasted Garlic
  • Caramelized onions
  • Ranch dressing mix
  • Parmesan cheese

Bob Evans Macaroni and Cheese Add Ins

  • Mild green chilis
  • Bread Crumb Topping
  • Bacon & Pickled Jalapeños
  • Salsa & cilantro
  • Parmesan and fresh spinach
  • Canned diced tomatoes


REPIN this Super Plan

Holiday Dinner Planning holiday dishes assembled together

Making a big holiday dinner takes a lot of time and a ton of planning! Between the turkey, gravy and all of the sides plus decor and dessert there is so much to think about! Meal planning will save you tons of time for stress free festive meals! #centslessmeals #mealplanning #easymeals #simplemeals #stressfree #menuplanning


4 comments on “Holiday Dinner Planning”


  2. I have had the mashed potatoes and mac and cheese ! Both are great with nothing added. I pat a small dab of butter on potatoes and pepper on Mac and cheese and everyone thought they were homemade ! ! Try and enjoy ! !

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