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Best Thanksgiving Dinner Party| Unique Thanksgiving Recipes and Ideas

Updated on September 3, 2014

Get the Kids Involved in the Process

Want to get your kids involved in the process of planning a kick ass Thanksgiving dinner party? Here are some ideas to get your started:

  • Take the kids to the park and have them pick up pinecones, leaves, nuts or any naturish items that would work for fall/Thanksgiving décor.
  • Make a simple fall wreath out of a paper plate and different, brightly coloured leaves. Just cut a hole in the middle of the paper plate and glue leaves on the paper ring. Hang it up on your front door.
  • Have the kids help you set the table and arrange the centerpiece.
  • Pinecones in mason jars are a nice, simple décor idea that the kids can do themselves.
  • Have the kids help with placecards. We put name stickers on apples and placed each apple on a plate.

How to Throw the Best Thanksgiving Dinner Party Ever

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you've got a lot to plan and prepare for all your guests, if you are the one hosting this year. Not only do you want the best, juiciest turkey, but you also want all your food to stand out as unique and delicious dishes that everyone can appreciate. Oh, and you want everything to be beautiful. You do this because you love your friends and family and you want to show them how much you care but mostly you sign up to host Thanksgiving because you want people to validate your culinary and aesthetic abilities.

Don't forget about the big picture. This whole purpose of this feast is to bring family and friends together and to intentionally give thanks for all we have and to take part in a time-honoured tradition.

So where do you start with all the planning? It's best to have a timeline of all the things that need to be accomplished so you're not cramming everything in on the day of the big event. To help you organize yourself a little more, see the organization chart and feel free to add in your own details to the list to personalize it.



Best Thanksgiving Dinner Party Planning

72 Hours Before the Day of the Party
The Day Before the Party
The Morning of the Party
3 Hours Before the Party
30 minutes before Guest arrive
If you have a frozen turkey, move it from the freezer to the fridge
For a juicy and delicious turkey, brine the turkey the night before the party.
Start cooking your sides (stuffing, potatoes, salads ect)
Put the turkey in the oven
Take the turkey out (when it's ready)
Start planning and shopping for your Thanksgiving decor. Special hard-to-find-decor items should be purchased even further in advance.
Make your dessert at this time.
 
Set the table and decorate!
Make gravy with the turkey drippings
Be sure to remind your guests of the dinner party date, as many people attend multiple thanksgiving feasts. Of course, you should officially invite and get RSVPs weeks before the actual dinner party.
Buy flowers and wine for the dinner party.
 
Re-heat all your sides 1 hour before guests arrive
Put the finishing touches on the dessert
 
 
 
 
Heat up the rolls (as soon as guests arrive)

Unique Thanksgiving Recipe: Mason Jar Pumpkin Cheesecake

My mini pumpkin cheesecakes all ready to be dolloped with whip cream and sprinkled with nutmeg.
My mini pumpkin cheesecakes all ready to be dolloped with whip cream and sprinkled with nutmeg.

Mini Pumpkin Mason Jar Cheesecake

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Mini Pumpkin Mason Jar Cheesecake

  • 2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1 tbs melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 8 oz pkg cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Mini Pumpkin Mason Jar Cheesecake

  1. Mix crushed graham crackers with melted butter and pat down mixture into the bottoms of mason jars.
  2. Pour the pumpkin cheesecake batter into the mason jars and fill to 3/4 full. Using a pitcher will cut down in the mess.
  3. Place mason jars, full of batter, into a crockpot. Cover the jars with lids and pour warm water into the crockpot until the water level reaches halfway up the mason jar.
  4. Remove lids from jars, cover the crockpot with the lid and cook the cheesecake mason jar on high for 1 to 2 hours.
  5. You'll know when the cheesecake is done by inserting a knife into the cheesecake and it comes out clean.

Unique Thanksgiving Recipes: The Best, Juiciest Turkey Ever

Here's my turkey, in all its glory. I ended up cooking this 12 lb bird for 2.5 hours. Brined turkeys cook MUCH faster than standard ones.
Here's my turkey, in all its glory. I ended up cooking this 12 lb bird for 2.5 hours. Brined turkeys cook MUCH faster than standard ones.

Best Thanksgiving Dinner Party

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Unique Thanksgiving Recipes: Homemade and Delicious Turkey Stuffing

Toast 4 cups of diced artisan bread and 4 cups of diced cornbread and add to your regular go-to stuffing recipe.
Toast 4 cups of diced artisan bread and 4 cups of diced cornbread and add to your regular go-to stuffing recipe. | Source

Thanksgiving Decor

A single candle, Asian lilies, apple placecards, pinecones in a mason jar and a white tablecloth.
A single candle, Asian lilies, apple placecards, pinecones in a mason jar and a white tablecloth.
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Mason jar pumpkin cheesecakes are not only delicious, but also visually stunning.
Mason jar pumpkin cheesecakes are not only delicious, but also visually stunning.

Thanksgiving Décor

Now that you've got yourself somewhat organized and planned food-wise, it's time to start thinking about how you want to pull together the look you're going for. You don't want to go overboard or over budget but like the thoughtful dishes you've planned, you want your thanksgiving décor to reflect your unique thanksgiving menu. Also, it's good to have thanksgiving decorations that are one of a kind and decorations that stand out.


Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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Lighted Maple Tree Branches Fall Decoration

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

  • Candles in glass vases with nuts
  • A nice arrangement of fall flowers
  • Apples and leaves in a wide bowl
  • Fill a tall glass votive with a large candle and whole dried cranberries
  • Assorted goards and mini pumpkins
  • Flower arrangement stuffed into a pumpkin
  • Spell out "Give Thanks" on decorative cards and arrange them in the centerpiece
  • Candles, rocks and pinecones

Best Thanksgiving Dinner Party Ever

Hats off to you, the chef, the party planner and the one who brings everyone together to participate in this time honoured tradition. I hope that everything goes smoothly this year and I hope it's a memorable experience for everyone.

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