All the best Thanksgiving dinner ideas, appetizers, side dishes and desserts to make your Turkey Day simple and delicious.

Thanksgiving Dinner Tips

We all know that Thanksgiving is wonderful, but often stressful. Here are some things to organize and plan to make the day easy peasy!

    • How much to make? Figure out about how many people will be attending. Then, decide how much to make of each item. Add a new dish for every 5-8 people attending. 
    • Don’t be afraid to ask your guests to bring a dish. Most are happy to help!
  • SHOPPING: Don’t wait until the last minute. Stores get crowded and ingredients run out, so plan accordingly. 
  • STORAGE: Clean out the fridge the week before to make room for Thanksgiving food.

For our ideal Thanksgiving Menu – check out these recipes.

Lil' Luna's Thanksgiving Menu:

Homemade Mac and Cheese

35 minutes

4.95 from 57 votes

Homemade Dinner Rolls

35 minutes

4.94 from 141 votes

How to Roast a Turkey

3 hours

5 from 16 votes

Crockpot Brown Sugar Ham

3 hours 10 minutes

5 from 15 votes

Best Mashed Potatoes

5 from 19 votes

Easy Green Bean Casserole

30 minutes

5 from 12 votes

Plan a Cooking Schedule

Plan a scheduled based on these questions:

  • What can be made ahead of time?
  • Can anything be made in a crock pot?
  • What are all the items that need to be cooked in the oven and in what order?
  • Can any items go into the oven at the same time?
  • What are all the items that need to be cooked on the stove top and what order?
  • How can I keep items warm? 
  • Do any dishes need to be reheated?

Jot down a schedule for yourself to keep you on track and always add a buffer of 30 minutes. 😉



Most Popular Thanksgiving Recipes

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

10 minutes

4.99 from 58 votes

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese

2 hours 15 minutes

4.92 from 35 votes

Turkey Veggie Tray

4.91 from 30 votes

Funeral Potatoes

50 minutes

4.93 from 117 votes

Easy Twice Baked Potatoes

1 hour 26 minutes

5 from 5 votes

Pumpkin Delight Dessert

3 hours 35 minutes

4.87 from 91 votes

Most Popular Thanksgiving Desserts

Pumpkin Dump Cake

1 hour 5 minutes

4.9 from 58 votes

Sweet Potato Pie

1 hour 30 minutes

5 from 8 votes

Best Apple Pie

3 hours 45 minutes

4.95 from 34 votes

Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes

27 minutes

4.89 from 18 votes

Pecan Pie Cheesecake

2 hours 25 minutes

4.78 from 44 votes

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

1 hour 5 minutes

5 from 10 votes

Newest Thanksgiving

Holiday Punch

4.95 from 17 votes

Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole

50 minutes

5 from 4 votes

Cranberry Salsa

10 minutes

5 from 4 votes

Oreo Turkeys

1 hour 15 minutes

5 from 2 votes


30 minutes

5 from 5 votes

Crock Pot Green Bean Casserole

4 hours 5 minutes

5 from 7 votes

Fresh Green Bean Casserole

45 minutes

5 from 12 votes

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

45 minutes

4.91 from 10 votes

Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

40 minutes

5 from 9 votes

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

40 minutes

4.93 from 14 votes