Make Thanksgiving extra special this year with the most amazing hosting tips, printables, Thanksgiving recipes and more with this Ulitmate Thanksgiving Guide!

Thanksgiving Guide | Hosting Tips, Printables, And Recipes

Are you planning on hosting Thanksgiving at your home this year? If you are in charge, you might really love the tips for hosting Thanksgiving below! It is a great way to gain control over the day, and have things in order to tackle your day like a boss.

I’m also sharing some free printables that will help make your day run a bit smoother and even use to decorate your table. Most of all we can’t forget tasty recipes to serve up your guests, I have you covered from sides to desserts, and even some refreshing drink options.

Make this Thanksgiving extra special this year. Take the stress away from the day, by planning ahead, and just enjoy your family and friends. There is a lot to be thankful for, so focus on that and not the planning and prepping aspect with the help of this handy guide!

Thanksgiving Guide To Success

Tips For Hosting Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Guide - Keep your guest entertained

-Keep your guest entertained with these Thanksgiving entertainment tips and tricks. Make the day extra special and let everyone leave with a full belly and a warmed heart.

-Looking for a Thanksgiving checklist to help keep you on track this year? Maybe it is your first year hosting, make sure you got all areas covered and can do it with minimal stress on your end.

-Here is a great kid-friendly Thanksgiving guide to help keep the kids and adults happy on this year’s Thanksgiving. How to get your kids interested in food, what to do to keep them busy and more.

Useful Thanksgiving Printables

Thanksgivng Guide - Thanksgiving Printables

-Thanksgiving prep printables are great to help make sure you get all items marked off your list and you don’t forget to prep, cook, or misplace a recipe. This set of free printables is so useful.

-If you really like planning, check out this Thanksgiving planner, that you can use as a guide to know a timeline of things you need to have done following days and even weeks up to Thanksgiving day.

-Here is a set of free printable Thanksgiving place cards that are a great way to add a splash of decoration to your table and assign seats for your guests.

Thanksgiving Main and Side Dishes

Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide - Roast Turkey

-Roast Turkey is a great way to cook your bird. You get that golden brown outside with the tender and juicy meat inside.

-You can’t have Thanksgiving without a side of stuffing if you ask me! Here is a classic stuffing that is so popular to make.

-Skip the mashed potatoes and serve up these Cheesy Potatoes. You get that starch from the potatoes in a nice cheesy casserole form.

-Individual green bean casseroles are really fun to make so each person has their own little bowl of it. This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving sides.

-Nothing beats a good sweet potato casserole. This recipe serves a lot and tastes great leftover as well.

-Cream corn casserole is a great way to make cream corn but in a casserole form so it is a lot less work. Hearty, and such a comfort food dish.

Thanksgiving Drinks

Thanksgiving Guide - Non Alcoholic Apple Pie Punch

-This Non-Alcoholic Apple Pie Punch will give you that flavor of Fall right in a cup. This is a great punch to make when you have kids around who might want a fun drink to have along with their meal.

-Another great fall inspired drink is this, Apple Cider Cocktail! Serve this up for all the adults and get warmed up from the inside out.

-Looking for a warm drink to serve? Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate is a really spiced up hot chocolate that is so rich and creamy.

Thanksgiving Desserts

This quick and easy pumpkin dump cake is your next go-to fall dessert. Dump cakes recipes are so versatile and are perfect for serving a crowd or whipping up a quick dessert to feed your family as a treat. An easy pumpkin recipe that is a no-fail recipe. Just mix, dump, and bake. It's that easy. 

-You can’t beat a Pumpkin Dump Cake for Thanksgiving! It’s quick and easy and most of all, delicious!

-We love making pumpkin rolls in our home. That tender and moist pumpkin flavor with creamy whipped cream in throughout. Nothing is better than this.

-Make something a little fun and unexpected like these Baked Pumpkin Spiced Donuts! They’re baked right in the oven and can be made ahead of time!

-No Baking required for this Creamy Frosted Cranberry Dessert! Refreshing, light and full of holiday flavors. It is a gorgeous dessert to serve.

Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Pie Bites are a little bit different than a slice of regular pumpkin pie. Step out and do something a little different and watch your family love it.


What is your favorite part about Thanksgiving? Hopefully, this Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving helps you prepare for the best day yet!

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About Kasey Schwartz

For over 15 years, Kasey Schwartz, the mastermind behind All Things Mamma, has been the ultimate go-to for mouthwatering family recipes. Her work has been featured on, Buzz Feed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more, making her your go-to mom next door for all things delicious and family-friendly.


  1. Courtney Lopez says:

    The checklist is a must for me. I tend to forget things and don’t want to forget a thing on the day of entertaining. 🙂

    1. Thanks! I’m glad it helps! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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