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Thanksgiving Meal Plan

It’s November and time to get ready for Thanksgiving!

I just can’t get enough of food around the holidays. Whether it’s turkey or appetizers or desserts, I always want more.

We’ve teamed up again to put together another amazing holiday meal plan just in time for Thanksgiving. While you are preparing your menus, take a peak at these recipes, crafts and tablescape ideas to really get the Thanksgiving party started.

Cranberry Jalapeño Cream Cheese Appetizer

Coerce your taste buds with this yummy dip!

This cranberry jalapeño cream cheese appetizer is the perfect easy addition to your Thanksgiving day spread. It’s no-cook and can be ready in just 10 minutes! Jalapenos & cranberries marry cream cheese in this tasty appetizer.

Serve up with wheat crackers or chips of your choice!

Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

These Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs are incredibly easy to make. They require just three simple ingredients and can be made right on the stovetop, or in your slow cooker.

A can of sweet & tart cranberry sauce is mixed with a spicy barbecue sauce…and that’s it! If you have the time, you can make your own meatballs, but for time saving use frozen store bought meatballs.

Serve on their own as a hearty appetizer for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or serve with rice for a simple weeknight meal.

Crockpot Make Ahead Turkey

If you are intimidated by making the turkey for Thanksgiving then rest assured this recipe will vanish your fears!

This way of making turkey will have everyone signing you up for bringing the turkey or hosting the holidays for years to come! Easy, delicious, flavorful, and moist turkey that is baked in the oven then slow cooked the day you serve it!

This is the only turkey recipe you need.

Roasted Apple Butter Turkey

Turkey is the star at Thanksgiving, and guests want originality!

This roasted apple butter turkey is the crispiest turkey you will ever have, and the most moist! Brine your bird, then let it sit uncovered in your refrigerator overnight for an extra crispy turkey skin when it finally bakes!

Serve it up with turkey bacon scalloped potatoes for an amazing holiday meal.

Rosemary Sage Turkey Breast

This rosemary sage turkey breast is incredibly moist and flavorful, and so simple to make.

Perfect for holiday dinners, or pretty much any time of the year! This recipe’s meat comes out super tender and flavorful, and so juicy. Sage, rosemary, and hint of orange are perfect with the savory turkey.

This is definitely the only way that you’ll eat turkey from here on out!

Slow Cooker Turkey Gravy

Juicy, moist, Slow Cooker Turkey in Gravy is the easiest way to make never-dry turkey that is totally foolproof! This recipe is perfect for big potluck holiday dinners, because it won’t dry out.

The leftovers also freeze well – simply toss back in a slow cooker and let cook until piping hot! Serve over mashed potatoes, rice, stuffing, or in deliciously moist and juicy sandwiches!

Pecan Topped Sweet Potatoes

Pecan Topped Sweet Potatoes are always a welcome guest at the holiday table. People aren’t quite sure if it’s a vegetable or dessert!

Not only is this recipe delicious but it is a great “make ahead” dish which helps cut down on the work and stress of the actual day.  Make a day or two ahead of time and just keep it in your refrigerator!

Even if you think you don’t like sweet potatoes give it a try. What’s not to like about butter, brown sugar, and pecans?!

Best Ever Italian Stuffing

Italian sausage, celery, onion and seasonings make this a classic stuffing. But the Italian bread (you could use the French bread too) takes it over the top.

Gotta love those big chunks of bread!

This Italian stuffing also makes THE BEST leftovers! And who doesn’t love Thanksgiving day leftovers?

Pumpkin Creme Brûlée

Pumpkin Crème Brûlée is a deceptively simple dessert that’s elegant enough for any holiday celebration.

The secret ingredient that really sets this pumpkin crème brûlée apart, is the molasses. Giving the crème brûlée almost a gingerbread flavor, making them so delicious!

Golden custard and a shatteringly-crispy sugar crust equals the perfect dessert for any fall or winter gathering, or really any ordinary weeknight!

Pumpkin Spice Flourless Chocolate Cake

This Pumpkin Spice Flourless Chocolate Cake is rich, moist, and delicious!

A gluten-free dessert to serve for any holiday. And trust us, no one will miss the gluten in this spiced chocolatey goodness.

Perfect for fall season, pumpkin pie spice is what makes this chocolate flourless cake so yummy!

Aunt Tootsie’s Lemon Meringue Pie

This recipe is a family favorite!

An easy pie recipe with homemade lemon filling and meringue. This pie’s meringue is super easy to make and tastes wonderful. Not soggy or eggy – it’s the perfect complement to the sweet and tart lemon filling.

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Let Celebrations at Home inspire your tablescape this Thanksgiving with rich colors, classic elements, and vintage finds, used in a modern way.

Layer colorful salad/dessert plates on top of  everyday white dinner plates. Low mini arrangements of flowers gives life and color to your table. Greenery is laid and tucked-in to create a garland effect, and mini pumpkins and baby corn are scattered about.

Perfect fall scheme for your perfect Thanksgiving dinner!

Handprint Turkey Cards

Paint + kids is not always the best idea, but it totally works for this project.

This Handprint Turkey Card printout is absolutely adorable! The kids will love dipping their hands in washable paint, and the results will be a fun, authentic decoration at your Thanksgiving day celebration.

Grandparents and grandkids can bond painting these fun printables!

Thanksgiving I Spy Printable

We all have so much to do in preparing for our family and friends during the holidays. But sometimes there’s so many people around, and not enough space.

So why not provide games and activities for kids of all ages to help keep the chaos controlled a bit? How about having this Thanksgiving “I Spy” Printable on hand for a little brain teaser fun?

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Don’t miss next month when we share Christmas Brunch and Dessert recipes perfect for the holiday!

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