Thanksgiving Tips, Ideas and Recipes

If you’re looking for Thanksgiving Tips, Ideas and/or Recipes, you are in the right place! I’m always looking for ways to make mom life easier and I love to share my discoveries.

Thanksgiving Tips Recipes Ideas

Because Thanksgiving is my husband’s favorite holiday, we make a big deal out of it every year. As a result, I have a lot of Thanksgiving tips, ideas and recipes to share!

In the list below, I also include some of my favorite Thanksgiving tips and recipes from other bloggers.

First, to get in the Thanksgiving spirit, I’ve created a free 7-day Gratitude Challenge. Every day, for 7 days, you’ll get an email with tips and strategies to feel more appreciative for what you have.

Thanksgiving Tips

Let’s start with a few tricks for making Thanksgiving easy!

Thanksgiving Checklist and Hostess Tips: Everything you need to know to plan an amazing feast, including a free 3-page printable checklist.

Stress-Free Thanksgiving Tips: Simple strategies to prepare for and recover from Thanksgiving as easily as possible.

4 Simple Rules for a Juicy Turkey: Worried about dry turkey? Don’t be if you follow these 4 simple rules.

Thanksgiving Recipes

Yes, Thanksgiving is about gratitude and family, but let’s face it, a lot of people are really looking forward to the food. Here are some of my own Thanksgiving recipes.

Thanksgiving Tips

Instant Pot

If you’re planning a big Thanksgiving feast and you own an Instant Pot, you’ll definitely want to put it to good use this day.

Instant Pot Turkey: Keep the oven free for baking casseroles and pies.

Instant Pot Gravy: Don’t bother dirtying a saucepan. After you’ve finished your Instant Pot Turkey, make the gravy right there in the same pot!

Instant Pot Stuffing: Stuffing in the Instant Pot comes out so moist and yummy!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes: Easiest side dish ever. Plus, your IP keeps the potatoes warm until you’re ready to serve.

Instant Pot Sweet Potato Casserole: The side dish that tastes more like dessert!

Instant Pot Broccoli Rice and Cheese Casserole: A popular side dish any time of year.

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce: Super fast and easy and you don’t have to babysit it like you do when you cook it stovetop.

Instant Pot Green Bean Casserole with Cheese: A classic side dish for any time of year!

Side Dishes

The turkey may be the star of the Thanksgiving table, but great side dishes are definitely the essential cast members.

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes: No need to feel guilty the day after Thanksgiving with these healthy side dish options that don’t sacrifice flavor.

Stuffed Acorn Squash: A non-traditional choice with lots of traditional flavors.


I always think I won’t possibly have room for dessert and then I’m the first one looking for it!

Caramel Apple Cake: This is seriously the easiest dessert ever, almost zero effort!

Caramel Pumpkin Cookie Cups: Classic Thanksgiving flavors packed into bite-sized morsels.

The Best Homemade Apple Pie: This classic dessert is a must-have and is so easy to make, there’s no reason to buy one.

Turkey Brownies: If you’re a chocolate lover, you can easily transform delectable fudge brownies for Thanksgiving.


Fall Party Mix: Perfect snack food to munch on before or after your feast.

Fun Turkey-Themed Snacks: These are perfect for kids! They double as a snack and as Thanksgiving decor.

Rolo Pretzel Turkeys: These treats are the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Plus, they’re adorable and easy to make!

Thanksgiving Leftovers

I love Thanksgiving leftovers until 2 days later. By then, I’m bored with reliving the Thanksgiving feast. Here are some ideas for using up the leftovers rather than reheating them yet again.

Creative Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes: Ideas for everything from the turkey to the cranberry sauce.

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey and Mushroom Poppers: So yummy that you’ll want to roast a turkey again in December.

Instant Pot Turkey Chili: Full of Tex-Mex flavor, this white chili is a delicious way to get over leftover turkey boredom.

Instant Pot Turkey Soup: A low-carb, low-calorie, delicious soup to help you recover from the Thanksgiving binge and use up some of that turkey.

Turkey Noodle Casserole: A classic, family favorite dish. The ultimate comfort food!

Thanksgiving Decor

Decorating is not my forte, but there’s no denying that decorations play a big part in setting the mood and tone of a gathering. With that in mind, here are some easy Thanksgiving decorating ideas.

Easy Thanksgiving Decor Ideas: Since I’m not good at decorating, I stick with the fastest, easiest decorating ideas possible!

Printable Thanksgiving Riddles: These make great place cards and double as a fun activity!

Thanksgiving Entertainment

Whether you want to keep guests busy while you put the finishing touches on dinner, or you want to be proactive in holiday memory-making, you’ll love these Thanksgiving entertainment ideas.

Fun Thanksgiving Games for the Entire Family: These activities are fun for all ages and include games for both indoors and outdoors.

Printable Thanksgiving Activity Book for Kids: 11 pages of fun activities to keep the kids occupied on Thanksgiving Day.

Make Thanksgiving creative and fun with these Thanksgiving Printable Placemats! The kids can use their minds while waiting for lunch!

I hope the Thanksgiving tips, ideas and recipes above help you enjoy your best Thanksgiving ever!