These Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas are tips that I have collected over the years. I feel that a few shortcuts can help you save time and enjoy the day while still providing a delicious and memorable feast.
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away? I am thankful that it is still a ways away, but being the planner that I am, I am already planning for it. I find that planning ahead makes for so much less stress.
I have hosted many Thanksgiving dinners over the years and each year it gets a little easier. So today, I wanted to share some of my tips for preparing my home for the big weekend. I say weekend because we really do celebrate all weekend, not just on Thanksgiving Day. The key to enjoying the day is planning ahead. I have a helpful printable checklist for you too!
As much as we plan, sometimes life gets in the way and we always put pressure on ourselves to make an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner. I have hosted many Thanksgiving dinners and I’ve got some tips to simplify the process.
Keep it super simple. No need to spend a lot of money on decor items. Using dollar store decorations, you can create a nice, festive Thanksgiving table.
Simple Turkey Recipe
I have used the same roasted turkey recipe to bake my turkey in the oven. I use this recipe and what is different about it is that you actually turn the turkey over while cooking. I usually stuff it with stuffing for added flavor as it fits in with a classic Thanksgiving menu.
Go For Simple Sides Items
Keep side items simple. by trying time-intensive or complicated recipes. Simple and tasty recipes are always appreciated by friends and family. You can even make them ahead of time and just warm up in the oven on the big day. For example, make mashed potatoes and sweet potato casserole a few days prior. They will reheat easily. Brussels sprouts with Bacon can easily be made with just a few ingredients. Cranberry sauce can be made days prior and keeps well in the fridge.
Here are few simple and delicious side dishes for a basic Thanksgiving menu :
Baked Sweet Potatoes with Basil – a savory dish made with basil and paprika.
Cheesy Cauliflower – so delicious and decadent tasting, and it is only 2 WW points per serving.
Golden Cornbread – my favorite cornbread recipe from scratch – it is entirely easy!
We’ve got more simple Thanksgiving dinner sides for you too!
If making a pie crust sounds daunting and figuring out the perfect meringue is a mystery, skip it! There are awesome Thanksgiving desserts that don’t require an oven or any fancy skills in the kitchen. Sure, pumpkin pie is always nice, but there are so many other delicious elegant Thanksgiving recipe options for pecans, apples, pears that you can make ahead of time.
Thanksgiving To Go
An option that will help reduce your stress is to outsource aspects of your meal. From having friends and family bring their favorite dishes to actually purchasing pre-made food from your grocery store or favorite restaurant, you can simplify your day so that you can actually enjoy it.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and don’t think that everything you serve has to be homemade by you. Let others, whether your guests or your favorite food establishments, help you throw a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving dinner this year!
Thanksgiving is always a great time to play some games or watch a football game together. In the past, we have done this fun Thanksgiving gratitude activity too.
Here is a simple Thanksgiving Checklist for you to print out and use as you prepare.
How many people are you hosting this year?