Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas & Winning Recipes to Plan and PIN

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 feast with turkey and beautiful Plymouth turkey dinnerware and serving pieces from Williams Sonoma.  #thanksgiving #tablescape #turkeydinner #dinnerware
Holiday feast – Williams Sonoma – Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas as well as Winning Recipes to Plan and PIN.

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?

Vintage china in an elegant placesetting at a rustic farm table - rich and elegant tablescape inspiration - photo by Elizabeth Messina. #placesetting #romantictablescape #vintagestyle
Photo: Elizabeth Messina…certainly lovely indeed.

For more lovely tablescape inspiration, see THIS STORY.

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.

Apple cider cocktail in clear glass pitcher - Williams Sonoma. #applecocktail #cocktails #applecider
Sparkling Apple Cocktail RECIPE – Williams Sonoma…certainly pretty and delicious.

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Vintage Etched Pitcher - Come discover Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas & Winning Recipes to Plan and PIN.
Etched Pitcher…in case you need a pretty pitcher.
Red handled Swiss paring knife
Swiss Paring Knife…in case you need a kitchen essential.

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?

Sonora Outdoor Etched Stemless Wine Glasses. Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas & Winning Recipes to Plan and PIN.
Etched Stemless Wine Glasses – in case you need these for the holidays.

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.

Delicious cocktail or mocktail idea for Thanksgiving with apples and cranberries - sangria recipe from Delish. #sangria #thanksgivingrecipes #thanksgivingmenu #applecranberry
Apple Cranberry Sangria RECIPE – Delish (photo: Chelsea Lupkin)…certainly yummy indeed.

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!

Crudites and dip platter for Thanksgiving - Williams Sonoma. #thanksgivingmenu #appetizer #crudites
Goat Cheese Buttermilk Dip, Pumpkin Seed Hummus, as well as fall crudités. Dip and Crudités RECIPE – Williams Sonoma.

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.

Marble Round Platter - Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas & Winning Recipes to Plan and PIN
Marble serving platter ideas, Williams Sonoma…certainly lovely indeed.
Terrasoul Superfoods organic pumpkin seeds (pepitas) - Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas & Winning Recipes to Plan and PIN
Organic Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas) – in case you love organic.
Marble pastry board or platter for cheese boards and charcuterie. Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas & Winning Recipes to Plan and PIN
More marble board ideas HERE…certainly an entertaining essential.

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.

Make ahead mashed potatoes from Williams Sonoma. #mashedpotatoes #thanksgivingmenu #holidays
Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes RECIPE – Williams Sonoma…in case you need a delicious recipe for Thanksgiving.

How gorgeous are these serving pieces!?!

Plymouth turkey serving dishes from Williams Sonoma. #dinnerware #tabledecor #thanksgiving #thanksgivingturkey
Plymouth Turkey Serving Pieces – Williams Sonoma – in case you love these for Thanksgiving.

I love the simplicity of the leaf pattern on the edge of this serving bowl!

Deluxe mashed potatoes recipe from Williams Sonoma. Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas & Winning Recipes to Plan and PIN
Creamy Herb Mashed Potatoes RECIPE – Williams Sonoma – in case you need a delicious recipe for Thanksgiving.

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!

Williams Sonoma Classic Turkey Gravy Base - Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas & Winning Recipes to Plan and PIN
Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas as well as Winning Recipes to Plan and PIN.
Jars of gravy base from Williams Sonoma to make a delicious Thanksgiving gravy. #gravyrecipe #thanksgivingdinner #mashedpotatoes
Gravy Base – Williams Sonoma – Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas as well as Winning Recipes to Plan and PIN.

I told you this post was going to ignite your appetite!

Delicious gravy poured over Thanksgiving mashed potatoes - Williams Sonoma. #mashedpotatoes #gravy #thanksgivingtable
Williams Sonoma – Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas as well as Winning Recipes to Plan and PIN.

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!

Plymouth Turkey Serving Bowl
Pear Salad With Blue Cheese & Walnuts RECIPE…in case you love a pretty salad idea.

Our sons love sweet potatoes, and here’s a smart way to serve them while pleasing the sweet tooth and savory tooth alike. Choices!

Yummy sweet potato side dishes for the Thanksgiving feast! #thanksgivingmenu #sweepotatoes
Sweet Potatoes 2 Ways Side Dish – Williams Sonoma…certainly yummy indeed.
Set of 4 10" gratin dishes to serve Thanksgiving side dishes in style!
Set of 4 10″ Gratin Dishes…certainly a friendly price indeed.
Kirkland Ground Saigon Cinnamon
My favorite cinnamon indeed…KIRKLAND Ground Saigon Cinnamon

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..

Cornbread stuffing baked in a Nordic Ware bundt pan makes a charming statement at the Thanksgiving table! Williams Sonoma. #cornbreadstuffing #recipeidea #thanksgivingrecipe #thanksgivingstuffing #thanksgivingmenu
PIN ME!!!! Thanksgiving Stuffing Baked in Nordic Ware Bundt – Williams Sonoma…so inspiring indeed.

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

Ina Garten Cook Like a Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks
Ina Garten Cook Like a Pro…certainly lovely indeed.

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.

Green Bean Casserole from Williams Sonoma means you don't have to worry about your recipe's success! #greenbeancasserole #thanksgivingmenu
Green Bean Casserole – Wililams Sonoma

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.

Brussel sprouts with bacon is a yummy take on a delicious Thanksgiving side dish! #brusselsprouts #thanksgivingmenu
Brussel Sprouts With Bacon – Williams Sonoma

Raise Your Hand if You Want to Eat This Leftover Turkey Sandwich

Leftover Thanksgiving turkey on a beautiful sandwich! #turkeysandwich #thanksgiving #leftovers
Williams Sonoma
Capri Blue Candle in Mercury Glass
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Flameless Candles & Remote
Antiqued Brass Candlesticks
Classic White Dinnerware
Natural Linen Napkins
Shaw Flatware Set
Black Taper Candlesticks
Laguiole Wood Handled Steak Knives
Classic Stemware
Spanish Wine Glasses
Linen Hemstitch Napkins
Gold Rim Wine Glasses
Turned Wood Wood Candleholder
Spode Delamere Dinner Plates
Blessed Burlap Banner
Slate Cheese Board
Pumpkin Clove Candle
Sweater Weave Basket
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
Ilse Jacobsen Boots
Faux Bois Candleholders
Farmers Market Wreath

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  1. Carole
    November 11, 2019 / 12:26 pm

    I am a self proclaimed bread-a-holic, even though I feel stuffed after eating. It must triple in size in my stomach, so I have to save it for special occasions… like… _______. (Fill in the blank.)

    • Michele
      November 11, 2019 / 1:14 pm

      Hahahahaha – I have an unusual and special bread recipe to share soon that may cause less guilt. Why is bread soooooo good and kale isn’t? 🙂

  2. Amy
    November 15, 2019 / 1:03 pm

    OH. MY. GOODNESS. The different mashed potato and sweet potato recipes ALL sound so delish. Will be a hard decision selecting which ones to try…maybe a little of each!! And that pear salad…so pretty and so many healthful ingredients!! Is healthful even a word? ha! I TOTALLY agree with you, Michele…Kirkland Saigon cinnamon…it is my absolute fav!! I love it on everything…especially ice cream…Yum!!

    • Michele
      November 15, 2019 / 1:07 pm

      I haven’t tried it on ice cream, Amy – now I’m starved! Thanks for checking out these delicious healthful (yep – I use it too!) and helpful ideas! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. November 19, 2019 / 2:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

    • Michele
      November 19, 2019 / 8:16 pm

      I appreciate it, Marilyn. See you at the next TFT!

  4. November 21, 2019 / 8:30 am

    Oh, this would all make the most beautiful Thanksgiving! I love it all, and now I am really really hungry! I’ve featured all of this wonderfulness at TFT today. I hope you’re having a feel good day today, Michele!

    • Michele
      November 21, 2019 / 11:41 am

      Thanks so much, Pam! I appreciate the support and am so happy to join you at TFT each week.

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