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How to Prepare a Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving dinner is only 3 weeks away! Whether you’ll be preparing Thanksgiving dinner for 2 people or 22, here are my tips on preparing a perfect Thanksgiving dinner, plus a delicious Thanksgiving dinner menu plan!

Here are my tips for preparing a perfect Thanksgiving dinner, as well as a delicious Thanksgiving dinner menu plan!

Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your house and not sure where to start? No worries – getting ready for the perfect Thanksgiving dinner is easy with my tips and these holiday recipes.

Preparing a Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner:

Create Your Guest List

Think about how many people you can accommodate in your home. Are you planning to serve a sit-down or will you have a buffet potluck dinner?  Don’t feel pressured to create formal invitations for your dinner; simply call, text, or email your friends and family. Try to get the most accurate head count so you can plan your menu accordingly.

Plan Your Menu

Start with your favorite turkey recipe and then plan all the side dishes that you want to serve. Don’t forget the perfect mashed potatoes and gravy (unless you enjoy a good Thanksgiving family fight). 😉
As you’re planning, think about some of your family favorite recipes. You can also use my Thanksgiving Menu Planning Guide to help you plan the perfect menu that will impress everyone.

Create a Shopping List

First, start by reviewing each recipe to decide how much of each dish you are going to need. If you have decided to do potluck style, assign dishes to each our your guests according to the menu you have planned. Now you can, create a shopping list of all the ingredients you’re going to need and compare it against the items you may already have in your pantry. I find it easier to create the list by using the Shopping Menu Planning Guide so I do not forget any important ingredients.

Now, here are some Thanksgiving recipes to help you plan the perfect Thanksgiving dinner!


BLT Deviled Eggs from Around My Family Table
Easy Cheese Dip from The Gingered Whisk
Savory Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms

Warm Cheesy Bacon Spinach Dip

WARM CHEESY SPINACH DIP WITH BACON - This is the best spinach dip recipe I've ever made! Probably because it's lower in fat and low carb, too! - from
Warm Cheesy Bacon Spinach Dip


Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad from Love Bakes Good Cakes
Wild Rice Pear Pecan Salad from Cooking on the Front Burner
Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

Quick 'n Easy Southern Sweet Potato Casserole (with Marshmallows!) - get the recipe on #DGHoliday
Fresh Cranberry Sauce from Self Proclaimed Foodie
Caramelized Onion & Cornbread Dressing from Bread Booze Bacon
Homemade Mashed Potatoes from Around My Family Table

Main Dish

How to Roast a Turkey from Kleinworth & Co.


Holiday Party Punch from Liz on Call
Autumn Apple & Pear Sangria from Home Cooking Memories

Cranberry Blood Orange Sugar-Free Spritzer

Cranberry-Orange Sugar-Free Spritzer - A non-alcoholic, bubbly beverage that everyone will love!


Cranberry Caramel Puff Pastry Dessert Squares

Cranberry Caramel Puff Pastry Squares- an easy and delicious holiday dessert recipe from
cranberry caramel puff pastry dessert squares

Rice Krispie Treat Turkeys from The Life Jolie
Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie from House of Nash Eats
Purple Sweet Potato Pie

Stokes Purple® sweet potato pie recipe - This easy sweet potato pie recipe is part of the perfect Thanksgiving dinner!
Purple Sweet Potato Pie

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