Cream of Pumpkin Soup with Maple Pecans.
I am starting the holiday month off with my 2017 Thanksgiving Menu and Guide.
Can you believe it’s already Thanksgiving time again? It seems like Thanksgiving 2016 wasn’t long ago, but I’m pretty excited to be getting back into the holiday frame of mind. I know it’s lame, but the next two month are truly my two favorites of the year. I will forever and always be a holiday girl. And we have so many fun things in store this holiday season…today is only the beginning!
Clearly I’m trying to build up your excitement here, hoping it is working!
Thanksgiving is obviously the biggest food holiday of the entire year. Some years I take Thanksgiving a little more seriously than others. Fortunately, this is one of those years I’ve decided I’m really going to DO Thanksgiving. What exactly does this mean? Well, almost all month long I’ll have new Thanksgiving/holiday recipes I will be sharing. I’ll also be sharing easy dinners to make leading up to Thanksgiving Day (because we DO have to eat dinner for the next twenty-two days).There’s going to be a lot of really delicious food.
Today I am sharing my 2017 Thanksgiving Menu, along with a few tips to make Thanksgiving Day a breeze.
First up, the menu. A lot of these are new recipes and will be coming to the blog in the next two weeks. I wanted to share my menu first, so you could all plan properly…ok, I also wanted to get you excited for all the great recipes heading your way. I will be adding the recipes links to this post as each new recipe goes live here on HBH so you can use this post as your go-to Thanksgiving prep guide.
Tip: I always start the morning off with a good breakfast. We eat a little later than most, so breakfast is essential.
Pumpkin Spice French Toast with Cider Syrup
Tip: both cocktails can be made a day in advance (see directions with recipes).
Cranberry Thyme Spritz (party punch!)
Tip: each appetizer can be prepped a day in advance and warmed before serving. The acorn squash can be eaten at room temp.
Honey Butter Roasted Acorn with Burrata and Pomegranate
Pastry Wrapped Baked Brie with Maple Butter Roasted Apples
Simple Salty Sweet Potato Skin Chips
Tip: the lasagna can be made a few days ahead and baked before serving
Herb and Butter Roasted Turkey with White Wine Pan Gravy
Butternut Squash and Sun-Dried Tomato White Lasagna
Tip: don’t be afraid to go overboard with the sides. They’re the best part!
Cranberry Pomegranate Salsa
Cream of Pumpkin Soup with Maple Pecans
Easy Flaky Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls
Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Dates, and Halloumi
Sweet Potato Casserole with Sweet ‘n’ Savory Bacon Pecans
Cinnamon Streusel Swirled Maple Sweet Potato Casserole
Crockpot Three Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Butternut Squash and Wild Mushroom Stuffing
Pomegranate and Avocado Salad with Candied Walnuts
Tip: Make the pies in advance, but bake the cookies just before serving. Warm cookies are the best…serve with milk.
Chai Pumpkin Pie with Maple Whipped Cream
Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
Butter Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies
As you can see, it is quite the menu, but I have a lot of mouths to feed. this year we are heading to Cleveland, so it will be a VERY big group. Hey, it’s Thanksgiving, go big or go home, right! As you will also see, I have included a lasagna as part of my main course. I wanted to have a hearty and delicious vegetarian option this year for the non-turkey eaters, and I can’t wait to tell you about this lasagna, it’s too good for words.
Since my menu is so big, I thought I would give you guys a break down of just how to get this entire meal on the table and not have stress about it. You ready? Here we go!
My Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Prep Plan:
My Thursday Schedule:
It’s a lot, but trust me, having it all on paper is so helpful!
A Few Tips:
Think about your Menu
A few things to be thinking about when creating your Thanksgiving menu, how much oven space do you have, how many people are you serving, and does anyone have any dietary restrictions.
If you know you will have limited oven space, plan to make sides that can be served raw (salads), made on the stove-top, in a slow cooker, in an Instant Pot or cooked ahead and quickly reheated.
Depending on how many leftovers you’d like, plan on anywhere from a pound to a pound and a half per person. If everyone is heading out the door at the end of the day, I would go closer to a pound per person. If guests your guests are staying through the weekend go for a pound and a half. Bone in breasts are a nice option If you don’t want to cook more than one turkey. And lastly, keep in mind, that if you’ve got a lot of sides, guests will probably eat less turkey.
There are a ton of people in my family, a few who will eat most anything, but the majority are picky eaters. We’ve got the brussels sprouts lovers and those who will never go near them. Obviously, I can’t cater to everyone’s specific needs/wants, but I do like to make sure there is something on the table for everyone. It’s important to be thinking about these things before the big day so that everything can go as smooth as possible.
Make an Oven/Food Schedule
This is probably my number one tip to easily getting dinner on the table…and at a reasonable hour. An oven schedule is essential for staying on track on Thanksgiving Day, especially if you’re working with limited oven space.
Set the Table Wednesday
This is something my Nonnie taught me, and it’s probably my favorite trick. I like to set my dinner table the night before. It’s one more thing you can cross off your checklist early, plus you’ll be guaranteed to have the table set and looking pretty when guests arrive.
Relax and Enjoy your Family and Friends
I know it’s hard, but try to remember to relax and enjoy your Thanksgiving. Whether you’re hosting the gathering, or bringing a side dish, Thanksgiving can be stressful for everyone. Just remember, it’s just one day out of the year and the point is to have fun and be with loved ones. If you end up burning the whole meal, no worries, just make more cocktails, eat all the appetizers, and hey, you’ll have good story for next year!
And whoooaaaa…lots of words here on Thanksgiving! I loved putting this guide together, and while it’s by no means perfect, I hope it helps with your planning. I will be sharing so much more in the weeks ahead, everything from recipes, to cocktails, to gift ideas, to crafts, so be on the lookout for some fun posts.
Also, does anyone have interest in seeing how I set my Thanksgiving table? I wonder…
Happy November everyone!
So amazing but you’ve left out a few of the recipes on your prep schedule. When do you make the sweet potatoe casserole s ? These are just a few I plan on making and was wondering if you can make the casseroles on Wednesday and reheat on Thursday? The other ones I am making I can figure out when and you’ve got others listed on your schedule , which is helpful ! I have tried many of your recipes and they never disappoint, so excited to try many of your 2017 Thanksgiving recipes !
So sorry about that! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving an everything you made from HBH turned out great! 🙂
Do you know when you are posting the recipe to the cranberry pomegranate salsa? I want to finalize my shopping this week and this was on my list of things I wanted to make!!
How long should you reheat the brussels for and at what temp? Thanks!
HI! I do about 25 minutes in a 35 degree oven OR 15 minutes over medium heat on the stove. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂
HI! I do about 25 minutes in a 35 degree oven OR 15 minutes over medium heat on the stove. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! ?
After reading your timeline of prepping the day of Thanksgiving, I noticed that you have down begin roasting the turkey @ 11;30. After 45 min (12:15) , lower the temp to 350, and continue cooking for 2 hours (2:15 – 2:30). It is written that you begin checking the temp of the turkey at 4pm (160 – 165)…..that’s way longer than 2 hours!! This must be for a much larger turkey! Just saying!
Leslie – I noticed the same thing! I’m making the herb and butter roasted turkey as well, so hoping Tieghan will notice this question
Yes, I am cooking a 24 pound turkey. Sorry for the confusion. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂
so in love with your recipes. I was looking at the recipe for the Easy Flaky Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls, and it looks amazing, but the picture above looks different from the recipe. Is it the same recipe? Do I just bake them in a muffin tin?
HI! So it’s the same recipe, but I baked them different for this shoot (was still testing the recipe). I much prefer the way the recipe calls to bake them, so I would bake them as I direct in the recipe. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂
This is such a great planning resource! I just posted about my favorite Thanksgiving-necessary kitchen gadgets to make all the cooking and hosting that much easier! https://areweadultsyetblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/the-kitchen-gadgets-you-need-for-thanksgiving/
Best Thanksgiving menu ever! This is such a gorgeous holiday spread!
Thank you! I am so happy you like this!
Love these ideas! Do you know when you’ll publish the rest of your recipes? I’m hosting Friendsgiving on Saturday and that lasagna sounds like a great vegetarian option!
HI! Sorry I missed this, posted the lasagna and remaining recipes this paste week. Everything is all up. Hope you got a chance to see them! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you loved the recipes! Thanks! 🙂
I love all your serving platter, plates and bowls. Superb and truly make the ingredients look so incredible. Any guidance, websites, stores or brands you can direct me too for some of your favorite serving bowls and plates?? thanks so much, love your work so much.. just ordered your book!!
Hi Kristi! I actually have a shop page on my website for where I get my bowls, plates, and everything else. It is on my homepage at the top right! Just click on “shop”, then you can go to “shop kitchen” and all my stuff should be there! I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!
Love the menu and tips!!! Just started following your blog and have LOVED EVERYTHING I’ve made!!! I definitely want to see your table set up!!!
Thank you Melissa! That is so awesome to hear!
There are no words. This is amazing!
Thank you Wendy!
This is awesome, thank you! Need that lasagna recipe!
I am glad you like it Kelly! Thanks!
I really appreciate that you have included the meal prep plan… how much easier could this be for your readers?! I cannot wait to try some of these recipes, specifically the chai pumpkin pie! Your table looks so beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful time in Cleveland. Where did you get the table runner? It’s the perfect touch with those pastel colored pumpkins.
Thank you! The runner is from crate and barrel. Link below!
Wow this Thanksgiving lineup looks amazing!!
Thank you Stacey!
Yes, I would LOVE to see how you set your table for Thanksgiving!! This is a great guide to use for the big day – sounds amazing!! You are awesome!!
Thank you Stephanie! I am so glad you like this guide and hope you find it helpful on Thanksgiving!