If you ask us, fall desserts are always in season. But these served-warm treats -- boasting pumpkin, chocolate, apple, and more -- are just right for a crisp autumn night. Whether the leaves are starting to turn or not, one (or two!) of these cozy desserts is sure to hit the spot.View Slideshow
Whether you're scooping up a side of green bean casserole or munching on a crisp green bean salad, green beans add classic flavor, color, and nutrients to your meal. Change up your usual green bean routine with some of our fresh green bean recipes -- you won't be disappointed!View Slideshow
Autumn's colorful bounty of foliage and produce is the first place we look when decorating for fall. Made with (or inspired by) bittersweet, cornhusks, apples, twigs, and other natural adornments and textures, these door wreaths are perfect for welcoming the season.View Slideshow
Craft these easy place cards and napkins rings to designate spots at the Thanksgiving dinner table. We've also got bonus kids' table Thanksgiving decorations at the end of the slideshow!View Slideshow
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Whether you're a first-time holiday hostess or are just looking for a better way to plan, our day-to-day timeline will help you throw a fabulous Thanksgiving party with ease.
Whether it's the party playlist or the pumpkin pie, we'll show you how to throw a stress-free Thanksgiving in style. We've started our guide in early November, taking you all the way through Thanksgiving morning. Read on for freebies, checklists, recipes, and activities for the whole family. It's sure to be your best Thanksgiving ever!
While waiting on guests' responses, visualize what your party will look like -- whether it's making pumpkin centerpieces or dusting off those special-occasion-only plates. Consider color scheme, too. Fresh and festive is best.
Greet chilled guests with a stunning fall wreath featuring natural embellishments and an adorable pumpkin.
Ahh, the fun part: the food. Flip through cookbooks, old and new, and bookmark your favorite recipes. Consider guests' allergies and dietary needs, as well as signature dishes they may want to bring. (You can ask them to note these things in their RSVP.) Now is also the time to ask Grandma for her secret stuffing recipe!
Double-check your home to make sure you have enough of everything for everyone. Think napkins, plates, serving bowls, name cards -- even ice! Phone any guests who have not responded so you can get a definite head count.
With a notebook in hand, peek through your pantries, liqueur cabinets, and fridge -- write down any items you'll need to buy. Turkey should be first and foremost. Consider purchasing perishables like milk and fresh fruit a day or two before the party so they don't go bad.
Kiddos coming? Not to worry! Simple board games, cards, or coloring stations are sure to keep the little ones entertained. Get extra festive by crafting place mats in the shape of turkeys, or better yet, let the kids craft them!
Cleanup is quick and painless if you take it in strategic small steps. Start by room, paying particular attention to those your guests will wander most: the living room, dining room, and bathroom. Take 10 minutes to tidy up, 10 to dust, and 10 to vacuum. Your house will be spic-and-span in no time!
Win a 4-star review by pampering overnight guests with more than just the essentials. Purchasing their favorite coffee or placing a chocolate on their pillow will let them know how happy you are to have them.
A party without music? Unthinkable! Use preholiday down-time to craft the perfect playlist. Play a mix of current and classic songs to appeal to your entire Thanksgiving Day crowd.
Send guests home with something sweet such as these adorable turkey cupcakes. Use a made-from-scratch recipe or decorate a batch of plain store-bought -- either way, your guests are sure to sport a thankful smile.
A self-serve bar leaves you free to check on food and mingle with guests come party time. Find a convenient spot close to the dining table to set out clean glasses, pitchers, and ice buckets. Fill them with one or two signature drinks. We recommend apple cider studded with cinnamon sticks -- leave it up to guests to spike them!
Check a few dishes off the menu by preparing them a day in advance. Items like stuffing, dough for rolls, and gravy are all great to get out of the way and keep well into the party. Prepare as many recipes and ingredients as possible -- this includes chopping veggies for tomorrow's salad. Be sure to rub the turkey with desired seasonings on this day to marinate overnight. You'll also want to prepare a timetable for tomorrow so everything will finish when needed.
Editor's Tip: Don't forget to run the dishwasher, so it'll be empty and ready for party dishes.
Perfect pumpkin pie can be made a day in advance. Not only will it make prep on Turkey Day less stressful, but it also tastes better after it's been chilled overnight. Any toppings (pecans, please!) can be sprinkled atop just before serving.
Bonus: Watch for tips to making our doubly delicious pumpkin-potato pie, plus yummy ideas for toppers.
Keep sides crisp and fresh by preparing them the day of. Classics to consider making: green beans, asparagus, and broccoli. Check out our list of fabulous green sides in the link below.
Fluffy mashed potatoes are one of the top things to look forward to at Thanksgiving dinner and are best when made the day of. Two tips you must know: 1) make sure you cut your potatoes into equal-size chunks; and 2) use room-temperature butter and cream.
The minute you wake up, be sure to preheat the oven. The average weight of a Thanksgiving Day turkey is around 16 lbs per household, which takes anywhere between 3 and 4 hours to cook. After popping that bad boy in the oven, delegate carving and serving duties.