Excel Dinner Planner

If you're busy getting ready for a big family dinner today, you might find the dinner planner in this Excel workbook helpful.

You can enter your target dinner hour, and a list of food to prepare, and the planner calculates the start time for each item. I use it for our family dinners, and it's a big help in scheduling.

There's even a fancy Excel timeline chart, if you prefer visual overviews.

Enjoy your turkey!

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9 Responses

  1. Jon Peltier says:

    I’m sorry, this is just a little too OCD.

  2. Doug Glancy says:

    Where’s the the long bar at the top for “Brandy – drink”?

  3. Jon, “too OCD” — is that even possible?

    Doug — good question. It’s assumed as an on-going task, but I should add it for the benefit of the first time holiday cooks.

  4. Dave says:


    It won’t be OCD until you see the pivottables and pivotcharts and reports that Deb shares with the guests.

  5. Dave, all the guests are required to sign an NDA, so those pivot reports will never be seen by the general public (whew!)

  6. I prepared a timeline chart with all 325 steps required to prepare our dinner. It worked perfectly, and everything was great. Dinner was 21 seconds late, due to a serious underestimation of the turnip peeling time. But nobody complained too much.

    Couldn’t have done it without this tool.

    BTW, does anyone know how to remove gravy from a laptop keyboard?

  7. Wow, good thing Excel 2007 has more rows, because Christmas might be even more complicated.

    As for the keyboard, lick it?

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