I am about to share a parade of mouthwatering prospects for your traditional Thanksgiving feast, and I hope you are prepared for the delicious loveliness! Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas has beautiful photo inspiration, sources for yummy side dishes and recipes, and shopping resources in case you need ’em.
Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas & Winning Recipes to Plan and PIN
Romantic & Inspiring Placesetting
This placesetting styled at Sunstone Winery and snapped by the creative genius Elizabeth Messina a few years back continues to inspire me whenever I think of bringing together pretty elements for the Thanksgiving table. Isn’t it special?
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Festive & Pretty Apple Cocktails & Mocktails
It can be so much easier to prepare cocktails for a crowd in one fell swoop on Thanksgiving rather than mixing individual drinks. I mean there are always a million details to coordinate in the kitchen on turkey day, right?
Both of these can be non-alcoholic by swapping ginger ale for the booze.
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If you want to keep things recipe-free, look no further than mini bottles of sparkling cider…wouldn’t these be darling in a large tub of ice or at individual placesettings with a ribbon?
This is the drink that appeals to me and which will probably make an appearance in my house on Thanksgiving. It is so festive and pretty, celebrates harvest season, and is a breeze to throw together. I always make two versions of sangria, one is always alcohol-free (ginger ale in lieu of wine), and I usually opt for sparkling wine or cava rather than just white wine.
Healthy Fall Crudités + Two Dip Ideas
Pumpkin Seed Hummus is such a genius thing to serve on Thanksgiving, and I love the idea of offering more than one dip option!
So many beautiful ways to serve this appetizer, and I have a big ‘ol drawer devoted to just white serving pieces – so versatile and makes entertaining so much easier.
Thanksgiving Dinner Mashed Potatoes
I love experimenting with mashed potato recipes and methods. Do you use a ricer? It is what I used for years until I got lazy and went back to my hand mixer. In the past, I shared an awesome tip for making mashed potatoes ahead of time and keeping them warm in a crock pot.
Here’s another method for juggling all the meal prep on the big day.
How gorgeous are these serving pieces!?!
I love the simplicity of the leaf pattern on the edge of this serving bowl!
Thanksgiving Gravy Ideas
Does making gravy make your brain turn to gravy? I freak out every year and always have a backup ready-made gravy standing by. Using a gravy base and following the instructions for the recipe seems like a smart idea!
I told you this post was going to ignite your appetite!
Pretty & Simple Thanksgiving Side Dish Ideas
Here’s that gorgeous Plymouth Turkey serving dish again–this time full of a gorgeous pear salad I am dying to make!
Our sons love sweet potatoes, and here’s a smart way to serve them while pleasing the sweet tooth and savory tooth alike. Choices!
Delicious Stuffing for the Holiday Meal
Bread is sort of my soul mate so stuffing has always been my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. Every year (except for a couple of them when I couldn’t eat bread at all), I resemble a soft, squishy loaf of bread the day after Thanksgiving! Is it just me? Seriously. We are indeed what we eat…when I consume white bread, my belly and sometimes more of me resembles the dough. (We’ll shelf the topic of Christma-ween muffin tops and detoxing from the holidays for another day!)
What stuffing do you traditionally make for Thanksgiving? Cornbread? French bread? Stuffing with sausage?
Here is how I intend to bake my stuffing this year..
Isn’t it a swirling splendid vision of stuffing bliss? I’ll be making a g-free version of stuffing as well.
My Favorite Chef for Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas
Did you know you can easily make a dent in the stress of cooking for the feast by ordering deliciousness like this green bean casserole? Have I told you how much I adore green beans? I may have been the only child around whose eyes lit up when they were served at dinner time…and no condensed soup needed for this vege lover.
Oh, ma petit chou! Do you love little cabbages too? Here’s another side dish you can order online and have one less detail to think about for the holidays.
Raise Your Hand if You Want to Eat This Leftover Turkey Sandwich
Lovely & Comfy Possibilities
Tour a Gorgeous Home Decorated for the Holidays
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