Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Kids love to lend a helping hand when it comes to decorating the table with easy Thanksgiving crafts. These easy-to-make Thanksgiving crafts ideas keep the spirit of the season front and center for children of all ages (and help hungry kids stay occupied until dinner is on the table). With place cards, centerpieces, decor, and more, these easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids will get your home ready for the big day.

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Thanksgiving Favorites Made Gluten-Free!

Worried the holidays will wreck your gluten-free diet and leave you feeling deprived of all your favorite foods? Think again! It is so easy to transform Thanksgiving favorites into gluten-free delights. The best part is that everyone at your holiday table will devour these dishes! Use these simple tips, tricks, and recipes to make this your best Thanksgiving yet.

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The Easiest Thanksgiving Plan Ever

Here's how Maxwell Ryan of Apartment Therapy plans his own Thanksgiving day. If you apply his timeline (hint: invite guests over at 3:00), you'll have your best Thanksgiving yet.

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Fried Stuffing Balls

No one will complain about leftover stuffing when you ball it up and fry it.

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How to Make a Table Setting with Lettered Tiles

Guests won't have to guess where they're seat is when you spell out their name with lettered tiles. Creating the craft on a clothespin means you can clip their place setting directly on their napkin.

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Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Appetizers

Overwhelmed with Thanksgiving dinner preparations? Get a head start by making delicious and easy appetizer recipes now. By doing a little cooking ahead of time, you can avoid the hassle on Thanksgiving Day. Our make-ahead appetizers include recipes that can be prepared the day before or up to six months ahead of the holiday.

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11 Shortcut Thanksgiving Recipes from Sara Foster

From easy appetizers to beautiful desserts, these Thanksgiving recipes from Sara Foster are filled with make-ahead tips and timesaving ideas.


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    • Sara's Silky Pumpkin Pie

      Sweetened condensed milk and melted butter are the keys to making this nutmeg-, cinnamon-, and ginger-spiced pumpkin pie extra luxurious.

      Timesaving Tip: This pie can be made up to two days ahead and refrigerated until it's time to serve.

    • Sara Foster's Herb-Roasted Turkey

      Several cups of white wine and apple juice in the bottom of the roasting pan keep this apple- and onion-stuffed turkey succulent.

      Timesaving Tip: Don't overcook; fresh turkeys cook faster than frozen, and the meat will be pinkish in color rather than brown.

    • Buttermilk Mashed Creamers

      With this recipe, simple is truly best. All that's needed are potatoes, butter, buttermilk, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper.

      Timesaving Tip: Cook, cover, and refrigerate potatoes up to one day. To proceed with the recipe, drain off most of the water. Reheat the covered potatoes over medium heat, drain again, then follow recipe.

    • Beet, Carrot & Apple Salad

      Toss Granny Smith apple, turnip, beet, and carrot matchsticks with a light citrus vinaigrette that can be made up to three days in advance.

      Timesaving Tip: Prepare, cover, and refrigerate the dressing for up to three days. Cut vegetables, then cover and store each vegetable separately, up to a day.

    • Sweet and Spicy Pecans

      Rosemary, cayenne pepper, and vanilla make this quick and easy Thanksgiving appetizer memorable and delectable.

      Timesaving Tip: Store cooled pecans in an airtight container up to one week.

    • Holiday Corn Bread Dressing

      The corn bread that's the base of this dressing recipe is baked in a skillet. Classic stuffing ingredients, such as celery, onion, and sage give it traditional Thanksgiving flavor.

      Timesaving Tip: The challah bread may be cubed and stored in an airtight container one day before assembling dressing. The corn bread recipe can be made ahead and frozen.

    • Buttermilk-Sage Dinner Rolls

      Nestle balls of dough into muffin tins and then brush with melted butter before baking for warm, feathery-sweet rolls your crowd will love.

      Timesaving Tip: The baked rolls can be frozen. Before serving, thaw first, and then wrap rolls in foil. Warm rolls in a 350°F oven about 15 minutes or until heated through.

    • Sweet Potato Spoon Bread

      This soufflé-like side dish is an irresistible combination of sweet potatoes, cornmeal, eggs, and brown sugar.

      Timesaving Tip: This recipe can also be made in a 9X13 baking dish.

    • Aunt June's Boiled Custard

      Hot milk and cream are infused with vanilla bean, combined with sugar and eggs, and then chilled in this tasty twist on eggnog.

      Timesaving Tip: To cool custard quickly, place the pan with custard into a sink of ice water for one to two minutes, stirring constantly.

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      Creamy Green Beans with Crispy Shallots

      This modern spin on the classic Thanksgiving casserole features fresh button mushrooms, a hint of nutmeg, and fried shallot rings.

      Timesaving Tip: Bake and refrigerate the un-topped green bean mixture one day ahead. Fry shallots up to two days ahead; store in an airtight container at room temperature. Reheat the green beans, covered, until heated through, and then top with crispy shallots in the last five minutes.

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      Apricot-Sweet Potato Hand Pies

      A sweet mixture of apricots, bourbon, sweet potatoes, and spices fill these delightful fall turnovers.

      Timesaving Tip: After cooling, wrap and refrigerate pies up to three days. Or wrap, label, and freeze pies up to one month. Unwrap and thaw the frozen pies at room temperature before serving.

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      Top Thanksgiving Side Dishes

      Spice up Thanksgiving traditions by adding new twists to classic Thanksgiving side dishes. The indispensable Thanksgiving recipes are all here -- including mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and stuffing -- but each dish features an unexpected and delicious spin.
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