Thanksgiving Planning Tips

Follow our Thanksgiving planning tips to make your family's celebration run smoothly this year. From tips on traveling with holiday food to learning how to time the turkey, create a memorable Thanksgiving and still have time to enjoy it. To guarantee a successful Thanksgiving, start planning early in November, using our Thanksgiving timeline as a reference. Our guide to keeping Thanksgiving stress-free will ensure a calm and relaxing day of thanks, and if you run into any snags, you can always consult our Thanksgiving kitchen tips. Need step-by-step roasting instructions? Our easy-to-use, interactive turkey-roasting guide will help you cook the perfect turkey. Learn how to shop for a crowd, and get expert tips for planning the Thanksgiving meal. You'll also find creative ways to give thanks, such as making a clever Thanksgiving centerpiece with everyone's thoughts. For another fun family activity, consult our list of the best Thanksgiving movies. Come Thanksgiving, you'll be well prepared for the big day so that you can focus on giving thanks for your family and friends gathered around the table.


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Thanksgiving Timeline

Follow our step-by-step guide to a successful Thanksgiving dinner.

Interactive Turkey-Roasting Guide

Use our guide to cook a juicy, delicious turkey without the stress.

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes

Get a head start on all your Thanksgiving cooking with our make-ahead recipes for every course.

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Cooking Tips
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    Feeling guilty about your Thanksgiving meal? Foods you're eating might be healthier than you think!

  • Thanksgiving Kitchen Tip Sheet

    Keep this tip sheet from our Test Kitchen close to help you have a successful Thanksgiving meal.

  • Toting Foods Safely

    You worked hard on your dish. Don't waste it by ignoring food safety. Here are tips to help take it to go.

  • Traveling with Holiday Food

    Are your turkey trimmings taking a road trip? Use these tips to tote them safely.

  • Vegetable Math

    Use this guide to help you estimate the yield you can expect when cooking with fresh veggies.

Holiday Planning
See Tips for Traveling During the Holidays
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    Take the stress out of traveling for the holidays with these tips, safety ideas, and more.



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