With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, I am sure many of us are transitioning into the preparation phase that comes along with the holidays. Since I will be working Wednesday and won’t have much time in the evening, making a list of what I want to do and make is a key to staying organized…and sane! This year my goal is to enjoy the process of the holiday rather than feeling overwhelmed by the stress that can accompany this ‘most wonderful time of the year.’
During the holiday season especially, many of us (myself included!) put a lot of pressure on ourselves to create the perfect holiday meal, or decorate the table and house just right. This year, let’s make it a goal to enjoy more and worry less. Trust me, nothing makes me happier than a gorgeous table setting and a plethora of made-from-scratch eats at Thanksgiving. We can cook, and bake, and decorate to our heart’s content, however, if we run out of time to whip up that pumpkin pie from scratch or forget to decorate the table complete with name cards, stacked china, and autumn bouquets galore, I promise that Thanksgiving will still go on and the memories with those you love will still be just as sweet!
This year I decided to take a bit of the research and planning work out of the equation for you so that you have more time to relax and soak in the holiday season! Below is a Thanksgiving round-up with some of the most delicious recipes, pretty tablescapes, and hosting tips and tricks that I could find. Remember though to use these ideas as encouragement for your own Thanksgiving celebration, but know that you can only do what you can! Do not compare; instead become inspired!
Garlic-Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower via (me!) Happy Wife Healthy Life
Sausage Cornbread Stuffing via Brown Eyed Baker
Broccoli Wild Rice Casserole via The Pioneer Woman
Healthy Green Bean Casserole via The Lean Green Bean
Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce via Averie Cooks
Clean Eating Cranberry Sauce via Fitnessista
Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup via Making Thyme for Health
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes via Southern Living Yankee
Thanksgiving Recipe: Classic Pumpkin Pie via The Kitchn
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie via Eat, Live, Run
Bar #12: Pecan Pie via Mix and Match Mama
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Squares with Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust via Oh She Glows
Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies via Table for Two
Welcoming Guests via Honey We’re Home
Kid’s Thanksgiving Crafts via Six Sisters’ Stuff
Gift Guide: For the Hostess via Lauren Conrad
Thanksgiving Glimpse via Cupcakes and Cashmere
115 Fun and Free Thanksgiving Fonts via She Wears Many Hats
Gilded Harvest Place Cards via Cupcakes and Cashmere
5 Tips Friday – Taming Holiday Stress via Southern Thintellect
Thanksgiving Menu Planning via Dashing Dish
Want even more Thanksgiving links?
100 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes via Running to the Kitchen
16 Delicious Dishes & Drinks for Thanksgiving via Nutritionella
Thanksgiving Side Dishes via Six Sisters’ Stuff
67 Recipes for Thanksgiving and the Day After via Baked by Rachel
Festive Fall Favorites via Peas and Crayons
21 Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes via 7 on a Shoestring (PIN)
Easy Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas via Home Bunch (PIN)
- What day this week do you plan to begin prepping for Thanksgiving?
- Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year, or will you be a guest in someone else’s home?
- Which tips, recipes or decorating ideas above do you want to try?