Whether you’re enjoying a small gathering, planning a party, want to get straight to the food (everyone’s favorite part of the holidays!), shopping the sales, or traveling this holiday season, I aim to help you get prepared for the holidays with this guide!
Brainstorm & Create an Outline.
First thing you’ll want to do is brainstorm ideas about your holiday needs. Are you having guests over? Getting gifts or planning a party? Most importantly, do you know what you’re doing about all of the delicious food?! Here’s an example of brainstorming on the left.
This will help you gain a better understanding into your own holiday planning objectives. Make connections and circle the main topics you want to tackle. Start with any of the circled words to get started brainstorming some ideas for the holidays.
On the right, break down the brainstorming page into an outline. The outline will act as a master list and index for the collections to follow. This will help you keep track of the collections you’ve made and where they are in your Bullet Journal. Check them off as you create them.
The next thing you’ll want to do is gather inspiration. This means creating a collection of online sources you found helpful or adding the ideas directly into your Bullet Journal (such as writing out recipes). Use the power of the internet to look up recipes, party decoration ideas, and even ideas for fun headers and doodles to embellish your Bullet Journal a little for the holidays. Adding those extra details might help add a touch of fun to the otherwise stressful thing that is planning for the holidays.
Inspiration for these doodles from here.
Countdown with some fun!
Here’s an idea to countdown to the big day by coloring in the ornaments each day. By the time the big day arrives, your tree will be completely lit! For some added fun, create a holiday bucket list with a few things you want to get done in the last few months of the year. Enjoy a movie every time you knock something off your list!
Popcorn movie tracking inspired by Stefania.
Guests & Details
Now that we’ve set up a few fun collections, it’s time to get into the nitty gritty of planning.Create a guest list of friends and family you’re inviting over - if you’re hosting, that is. Write down if they’re bringing anything to make sure you have enough room on the table. Leave the place cards for the seating arrangement empty until a week before the event when you confirm who’s attending. (Don’t worry, this is included in the “Preparing” collection above).
Budget & Gifts
Budget is just a word that means you’re being proactive about where your money is going. I modeled this budget tracker after YNAB’s budget view. This way you can plan out how much money you’ll spend in each category. Afterwards, you can update what you’ve spent and how much you have available. There’s also room to add a list of supplies - stock up on things such as wrapping paper to envelop all those presents you budgeted for!Speaking of gifts, write out a list of gift ideas to surprise all of your favorite people this holiday!
If you prefer a more visual way to see gift ideas, try out this cheery illustrated Collection.
If you’re into stockings, you might want some room to brainstorm stocking stuffer ideas and who you’re giving a stocking to!
FoodNow that we’ve taken care of gift planning and done some budgeting, it’s time to sink your teeth into everyone’s favorite topic: food!
Brainstorm Recipes: Favorites & To Try
Create a collection to toss in recipe ideas and jot down any related notes. For the recipes, I recommend writing down your favorite holiday foods along with foods you want to try. Try the new recipes ahead of time so you’ll know whether you like them enough to serve at your big event. One you’ve decided on a menu, check off that recipe to indicate it’s part of the menu and add it to the official menu on the following page. If you prefer to add columns for the types, you can do that as well!
Visual food tutorials
Write out a grocery list organized by a few main aisles to make shopping a breeze. Indicate which items you need to buy ahead of time with a signifier.
Table Setting Guide Where does the fork go? What about the napkin? On such a busy day, it’ll be delightful to have a handytable setting guide.