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How to Make Thanksgiving Dinner Start to Finish!

Planning and pulling off Thanksgiving Dinner doesn’t have to be a challenge.  Simply plan ahead, take a deep breath and take your time. It’s not as hard as you think! To help you along, we pulled together all you need to make your Thanksgiving Dinner a success, start to finish! Check out this “How to Make Thanksgiving Dinner” guide below! 

Start by downloading and printing our Thanksgiving Meal Planner Pack to help you outline your shopping list and create your cooking timeline as well as our “Turkey 101 E-Guide” to help you plan and cook the perfect turkey. Don’t forget to make sure you have all of your holiday cooking essentials too! 

How to Make Thanksgiving Dinner

Next comes planning your tablescape and how you are going to serve dinner.  Are you doing a buffet style or a sit down? 

Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas

Setting the Table for Thanksgiving

Free Printable Thanksgiving Placecards


Now for the most important part.  The menu! Here we will break it down with some fantastic recipes and tips to make sure your Thanksgiving dinner is just perfect! 

 Let’s start with appetizers.  We have several posts with suggestions such as 40 Last Minute Appetizer Ideas and Last Minute Appetizers for New Years Eve that you can browse or pick one of these suggestions below that we handpicked for the holiday. 

Thanksgiving Appetizers Ideas

Asparagus Garlic Parmesan Twists

How to Build the Perfect Cheese Board

Easy Party Dip

Bacon Cheddar Pinwheels


Now let’s get to the main course featuring, of course, the turkey, potatoes and side dishes! 

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas

Easy Roast Turkey

Green Bean Casserole – Try it Served in Acorn Squash! 

Italian Dressing – Salad Fixings

Mashed Potatoes – Easiest way ever to make them!

Make ahead Garlic Mashed Potatoes 

Simple Cranberry Relish

Warm Brussels Sprout Salad

Hot Cross Buns or Soft Butter Rolls

Cornbread Sausage Stuffing


Now let’s talk DESSERT! There is definitely no shortage of amazing options! 

Thanksgiving Desserts

Skillet Fried Apples

 Hickory Smoked Bacon Bourbon Pecan Pie

Pumpkin Cheesecake in Gingerbread Cups

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Buttercream Brownies

Three Vanillas Ice Cream

Triple Berry Galette

Applesauce Cranberry Bundt Cake


And how about a nice nightcap to wrap up the evening!

Thanksgiving Cocktails | Nightcap Recipes

Whiskey Espresso

Hot Buttered Rum

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Hard Raspberry Apple Cider


Pack up leftovers for your guests with these fun “Gobble Gobble” tags from Bloom Designs Online

Pack up Thanksgiving Leftovers for Guests with these fun Gobble Gobble tags!


Find ALL of our Thanksgiving posts HERE and visit our Thanksgiving Board on Pinterest for MORE ideas including recipes, free printables, tablescapes and more! 

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Tracy Iseminger

Tracy is a busy mother to 2 girls, 3 dogs, 5 cats, and 17 chickens! Her adventures in cooking led her to create Daily Dish Magazine. She has a passion for pairing food with travel and wine. She is Marketing Director at Crimson Vine Marketing, Social Media Specialist at Cougar Digital Marketing, and a Dental Hygienist in her spare time... but her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.

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