Marimekko chart with data rows of cost for main, sides and dessert for 10 person Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving Dinner Cost

The 16-pound turkey makes up 44% of the cost of the holiday dinner for 10 as shown in the Marimekko chart below.  The total dinner cost is estimated by the American Farm Bureau Federation to be $48.90 or less than $5 per person.

The side dishes cost $13.38.  This includes sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, rolls and vegetables.  Desserts, milk and other ingredients round out the meal.  Two pumpkin pies with whipped cream cost $7.88, which is less than $1 per slide.

Costs were down slightly from 2017 as indicated in the data row under the chart.  The turkey's cost was down 3% from 2017, while other cost categories all increased by about 3%.  Total costs were down .5%.

Marimekko Chart of Thanksgiving Dinner Costs

Marimekko chart with data rows of cost for main, sides and dessert for 10 person Thanksgiving dinner.

How I Made This Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Marimekko Chart with Data Rows

I used a Marimekko chart to group the 12 food items into logical categories.  I first thought of grouping into protein, starch, vegetables.  I then decided it might be more interesting to group into main dish, sides and desserts.  Once I decided on a grouping, I copied the data from the American Farm Bureau Federation website into Excel, added the categories for each item and created two PivotTables:

Excel PivotTable of thanksgiving cost data

Here are the steps to make this chart:

  • create a Marimekko chart in PowerPoint from the top PivotTable
  • copy and paste the 2017 total data to the bottom of the Mekko Graphics Data Editor
  • add data for the % of total and % change from 2017 data rows to create a datasheet as below

  • sort bars with biggest on left and series with biggest on bottom
  • show values and series names in segments
  • format numbers with $ and two decimal places and format data rows as percentages
  • manually color each segment so bars are shades of different colors
  • adjust internal chart margins and label font sizes

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